Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings has revealed he struggled with mental issues during the Euro 2020 with England.
While he was not a regular starter, Mings who played in the first two group stage games for the Three Lions as a cover for the injured Harry Maguire admitted that he saw a psychologist during the tournament.
"I did have a tough time in the lead-up to the opening game against Croatia. I think I'm a lot more hardened to outside influences now, but my mental health did plummet. And I have no shame in admitting that because there were so many unknowns about me going to that game.
"I was probably the only name on the team-sheet that people thought, 'Not sure about him'. And that was something I had to overcome. When 90-95 percent of your country is having doubts over you, it's very difficult to stop this intruding on your own thoughts.
"So I did a lot of work on that with my psychologist. I was given a lot of coping mechanisms - whether it was breathing, meditation, or just learning how to bring yourself into the present moment. To stop letting your subconscious take over. It was hard. I didn't really sleep very well before that first game," Mings told The Sun.
While they were to fail in the final of the tournament against Italy, attention for Mings now turns to club duties where he is expected to join Aston Villa today for their pre-season training preps.