Tony Adams opened a heavy night drinking session after the humiliation at Wembley at Euro 1988 when English legend admits that he “wet the bed” with alcohol because he didn’t have the “tools” after a bad game against Marco van Bastens Holland to deal with it “.
- Tony Adams opened a heavy night drinking session after the defeat in England
- The former defender was brought to his knees by Marco van Basten for 88 euros
- Adams, 54, says he had no tools to deal with mental health problems
- Arsenal icon says “humiliation” that bed-wetting from drinking “really killed me”
Tony Adams has revealed how he switched to drinking after England lost to the Netherlands at the 1988 Euro, as an Arsenal legend he had no tools to deal with after a bad day at the office against Marco van Basten.
Adams, 54, previously dealt with his alcoholism as a professional and opened a clinic – Sporting Chance – to help other athletes with a variety of emotional and mental issues.
It’s the kind of help Adams admits to being needed as a young footballer and the former Arsenal defender has shared how he wet his bed after a night of partying after losing to Holland 33 years ago.
Tony Adams opened a heavy drinking session for 88 euros after the humiliation at Wembley
After losing their opening game to the Republic of Ireland, Sir Bobby Robson’s team needed an answer against the Dutch and Adams was tasked with keeping an eye on Van Basten, who won the Ballon d’Or that year.
Van Basten scored a hat trick when Holland won 3-1. The defeat devastated Adams and he was unable to cope with the trial that drew England’s Wembley performance.
“I had a terrible tournament,” he said The sun. “It was harmful on and next to the square.
England were eliminated from the competition in the group stage after a poor performance
Adams, then 22, was brought to his knees by Marco van Basten in a 3-1 defeat at Wembley
“I was so young, you know, 22 years old, I played against the Dutch and was probably the greatest player in the world at the time.
“I was turned upside down for a couple of goals and it was like all the guilt was on me.
“I didn’t have any tools to deal with. I had a good drink after we left the tournament and ended up chasing the bed. The maid found it.
“When I went downstairs with the troop for breakfast, all the boys got up and said:“ Pee, pee, pee, pee ”.
Adams says he drank a lot that night as he had no other method of dealing with defeat
Arsenal legend (L) says he wet the bed and was mocked by his English teammates
“The humiliation and the shame – I laughed at it and pulled up the front, but inside it really hurt. That really killed me. ‘
Adams won 66 caps for his country and led the Three Lions for 96 euros in what he describes as “salvation”.
The availability of mental health support for athletes has skyrocketed since Adams hung up his boots, despite the fact that the issue came into the spotlight last week after Naomi Osaka’s retirement from the French Open for mental health reasons.
“The truth is, I’ve had long periods of depression since the 2018 US Open and I’ve had a really hard time dealing with it,” she said.
“I’m going to take some time off the pitch now, but when the time is right I really want to work with the tour to discuss how we can make things better for the players, the press and the fans.”
Mental health in sports has improved after Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open