The Aston Villa star also discussed his experience with racism, including the abuse of his teammates this summer
Aston Villa and English defender Tyrone Mings say his mental health ‘dropped’ at the euro when he experienced his summer as well as his experiences with racism.
Mings admitted that he excelled during the summer’s tournament due to his lack of experience in England, which led many to question him in the first two games of the competition in place of the injured Harry Maguire.
During that time, Mings acknowledged that it took a lot of work with his psychologist to get him into a state of mind that enabled him to take the field for his country.
What did Mings say?
“I had a difficult time in the run-up to the opening match against Croatia,” he said in an interview. The sun.
‘I think I’m much more hardened now to outside influences, but my mental health has dropped sharply.
“I was probably the only name on the team page that people thought: ‘not sure about him’. And that was something I had to overcome.
“So I did a lot of work on it with my psychologist. I got a lot of mechanisms – whether it was breathing, meditation, or just learning how to bring yourself into the present moment. To stop your subconscious from taking over.
“It was difficult. I didn’t sleep really well before the first game.”
One person Mings mentioned as a possible weak link was former English star Rio Ferdinand, who had his concerns ahead of the tournament over the Aston Villa star due to his lack of Champions League experience.
But Mings eventually defeated Ferdinand before it was all over, and the defender revealed that the former Manchester United star had personally reached out to admit he was wrong.
‘Rio attacked me after the tournament. “He said I was the weak link and that Croatia should target me,” he said.
“He sent me a message with the answer, ‘Top-class response matches your performances on the field.’ What a cute guy.
“It’s just great that we’re playing now in a time where you can talk about mental health and how you feel.”
Mings’ experience with racism
Mings recently said he spoke out against racism criticizes British Home Secretary Priti Patel for lack of support for players taking the knee out in protest.
Following England’s loss to Italy in the final this summer, Mings sees his teammates Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka racist abuse after missing their penalties in the tournament that decided.
And Mings says he was unfortunately not surprised to hear that some had turned against his teammates on social media after the tournament ended in sadness.
“It’s always upsetting. It’s awful to say it, but it’s nothing new, “he said. This is not surprising. But it is not accepted and should never be accepted either. I think we all talked to the players after the game because we had just lost the tournament and they were crushed over the penalty goals.
“At this stage we were not even aware of the racist abuse. We could only see how upset they were, how they felt they had let people down. But this is never the case when you stand up and take a fine. If you put yourself in this situation, you should never be abused for the outcome. ”
Mings goes on to tell of his own experiences with racism, including an incident in which he was stopped by police near his hometown.
“I was stopped several times by the police in my car,” he said.
‘I was in Chippenham – where I grew up, so you would think they would know better – but they pulled me over and said something that my car was not registered here, and wanted to know why I was in the area. I mean, I was in a Range Rover which I’m pretty sure it’s not illegal.
‘I’ve also had some subtle things, like being in the shops and getting funny looks, but I do not think we’re in a time where it’s as bad as it used to be. happy to live in a world where we do not sit in jail for our beliefs or the color of our skin. “