Mings felt overwhelmed by pressure during the build-up of the tournament, as she was standing in for Harry Maguire, an injured player in England's two first group games against Croatia, and Scotland. The 28-year-old was being challenged by supporters and pundits, who were questioning his credibility as one of the few England players with no Champions League or tournament experience. Mings admitted that she had struggled in the run-up to the game against Croatia. "I think I'm more resistant to outside influences now but my mental state did drop. There were many unknowns about me before I got to that point. "I was probably one of the few names on the teamsheet people thought was 'Not sure about. I had to overcome that. "When 90-95% of your country has doubts over your abilities, it's very hard to stop this from intruding upon your thoughts. "So I did lots of work on it with my psychologist. There were many coping techniques that I was shown, whether it was meditation, breathing, or learning to bring myself into this moment. To stop allowing the subconscious to control you. "It was difficult. I couldn't sleep well before the first game.