08 March 2020

Chelsea striker Beth England tells how she sought help to cope with mental health struggles

Chelsea and England striker Beth England has said that she went to a psychologist when she thought she couldn't make it in football.

England was benched by Chelsea before she went on loan to Liverpool in the 2017/18 season.

She is currently joint top scorer in the Women's Super League with Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema and a regular starter for The Blues. She also made her England debut last August.

But she has said she needed help during her difficult period.

"You find a way through it. Everyone's journey is different. I was at a stage in my career when I went on loan and I genuinely didn't think I was going to make it.

"My agent helped me and I went to see a psychologist that got me in a better mindset because I've always been a person that's very hard on myself and critical. 

"He was able to help me get into a position where I could not put so much pressure on myself and be less critical," she told the BBC.

England is currently a part of the Lionesses squad at the SheBelieves Cup. The side lost to the US 2-0 on Thursday and will face Japan this evening.

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