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‘OCD struggles made me ashamed of myself’

Millie Farrow would try to avoid shaking her opponents’ hands before games. She was distracted in training by intrusive thoughts. She felt ashamed. However, she was scared to open up to coaches about her struggles. The 26-year-old English striker has struggled with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety throughout her professional football career. A series of major injuries have only made her professional career more difficult still but following a…

Scotland star Beattie quits international football

Scotland defender Jen Beattie has announced her retirement from international football. The Arsenal centre-back is retiring after a 15-year international career in which she earned 143 caps after making her senior debut at 16. The 31-year-old scored 24 goals for Scotland, who have failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup. “Representing Scotland has been an absolute honour and a dream come true,” Beattie said. “Thank you so much to…

How Hollywood owners have transformed Wrexham

FA Cup fourth round: Wrexham v Sheffield UnitedDate: Sunday, 29 January Venue: Racecourse Ground Kick-off: 16:30 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and app; listen on BBC Radio 5 Live; follow live text on BBC Sport website. Two days before Wrexham’s biggest FA Cup tie for years and there is a problem in the club shop at the Racecourse Ground. Customers wanting to buy the…

Hearts: Have Tynecastle side already won the race for third in Scottish Premiership?

On 22 October, Hearts followed up a 2-0 defeat by Aberdeen with a 4-3 loss to Celtic to slip to seventh in the Scottish Premiership. Robbie Neilson’s side were five points off the third-place Dons and looking beleaguered amid a horror run of injuries and packed schedule, courtesy of their foray into the group stage of the Europa Conference League. They’d kept two clean sheets in 18 games and though…

Demetri Mitchell: Exeter City sign Hibernian winger on free transfer

Exeter City have signed Hibernian’s Demetri Mitchell on a free transfer. The 26-year-old, who can play at left-back or left wing, has agreed an 18-month contract at St James Park. He is the second player to join the League One side this month, after Newcastle’s Joe White moved to the club on loan for the rest of the season. He links up with Exeter boss Gary Caldwell for the second…

English clubs spend £1.78bn on international moves in 2022

English clubs spent £1.78bn – more than three times that of any other country – on men’s international transfers in 2022, according to data from Fifa. Italian clubs were second on the list, having spent a total of £543m. The top 10 most expensive moves accounted for 12.5% of the total £5.24bn spent on such transfer fees. Six of those involved players moving to English clubs, while Aurelien Tchouameni’s move…

Scunthorpe taken over and end away rut on same day

Wednesday proved to be a landmark day for Scunthorpe United in more ways than one. The beleaguered National League strugglers, subject of a winding-up petition from HM Revenue and Customs and under a transfer embargo, found out the club had been taken over while on the bus to their away game at Halifax. Buoyed by the good news, the Iron promptly went and won 1-0 to give them their first…

Criticism made me consider walking away – Southgate

Gareth Southgate considered stepping down as England boss because of criticism he faced before the World Cup, saying: “The last thing you want as a manager is that your presence is divisive and inhibits performance.” England were knocked out of the tournament by France in the quarter-finals, 18 months after losing the Euro 2020 final to Italy on penalties at Wembley. The team were booed off in June following a…

Meet the double World Cup medal winner from John O’Groats

“Two World Cups and two medals. Not bad for a guy from John O’Groats.” Meet Marc Rochon, video analyst with the Croatian national team. Indisputably the most decorated Scotsman when it comes to Fifa World Cup silverware, his story shows that routes up the football mountain are many and varied and not exclusively reserved for those with magic in their boots. It all began with Marc quitting a job in…

Bielsa arrives in London for further Everton talks

Marcelo Bielsa has arrived in London for further talks with Everton’s hierarchy as they search for a successor to Frank Lampard. The 67-year-old former Leeds United manager is a favoured choice of Everton owner Farhad Moshiri. Sean Dyche, who has been out of work since being dismissed by Burnley in April, is the other main contender to take over at Goodison Park. The Toffees hope to have someone in place…