England midfielder Harry Winks has called on men to be open about any struggles they are having with life during the enforced 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
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
"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
"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
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