England midfielder Harry Winks has called on men to be open about any struggles they are having with life in lockdown.
Winks has been kept busy since restrictions, with Tottenham keeping their squad members fit with daily Zoom sessions, and counts himself lucky to have a close support network of loved ones to keep in contact with.
The 24-year-old, interviewed by Micah Richards as part of the Football Association’s #footballsstayinghome initiative, acknowledged that not everyone finds it easy to discuss their mental health but stressed the importance at what is a challenging time across society.
“It’s important – especially as men, not just footballers,” he said.
“We always trained never to really talk about things and get it off our chests but I think now everybody is more open about it. People have come out and said more about their problems, it’s important that everyone talks about it and it leads to a healthier lifestyle and mindset.
“When you’re trapped in your house it can be quite difficult. I’m lucky I’ve got such a strong group of people around me – my friends, my family who I talk to every day, and it’s important that I stay in touch with them.
“I follow government guidelines, go for a daily walk every day as well, just to get out of the house, get some fresh air, a bit of exercise. But I’m lucky that I’ve got that close-knit family and friends around me.”