Beth England: Chelsea striker says visit to psychologist helped her regain her form
Chelsea striker Beth England says a visit to a psychologist helped her regain her form after a difficult first half of the season.
England, 27, revealed she had a ‘low’ period when injured and needed to focus on her mental health.
The Lionesses striker is now fully fit and back to fit, scoring six goals in her last four matches as Chelsea seek a league and cup double.
“I was able to come out of it a better person,” she told BBC Sport.
England struggled for form earlier in the campaign, going 12 games without a goal in all competitions between October and January.
Then after finally finding the back of the net against West Ham at the end of January, she suffered a calf injury and did not play again for a month.
“I’m a pretty bubbly person, but I went through a tough time where I wasn’t showing my true self as much because it was a tough time,” she said.
“Fortunately, I have good people around me who keep me in a good place. I had outside help where I needed it in certain situations.
“I worked with a psychologist and he’s someone different who may not be as close to me personally. Friends and family might give you the answer you want to hear, not need to hear.
“So having a different perspective helps a lot and they’ve been a big help to me and probably one of the reasons why I manage to put in such good performances – because I’m in a good frame of mind. “
On the pitch, Chelsea also suffered the disappointment of a Champions League group stage exit in December, while a shock loss to Reading that same month gave Arsenal the lead in the race for the title. WSL title.
However, since England regained their fitness in early March, Emma Hayes’ side have won eight out of nine games in all competitions to climb back to the top of the WSL table and reach the FA Cup final, with their only defeat against Manchester. City in the League Cup final last month.
“We knew our performance in the Champions League was not good enough, especially after reaching the final last season,” England said. “And although we lost the Continental Cup final to City, there have been continuous improvements.
“I’m really proud of what we did because we also had some big players injured. Everyone who was called up was ready.
“Chelsea are known for their wins, but we’ve had some misses this season which have taken us down, but we’ve bounced back.”
“The race for the title is on the wire”
After beating Arsenal in FA Cup semi-final last weekend, Chelsea’s attention will return to the WSL when they travel to Tottenham on Sunday.
The Blues have spent much of the campaign behind the Gunners in the table but now lead Jonas Eidevall’s side by a point with four games remaining.
“It’s exciting. It’s football. Nobody wants an easy season. It makes it better for the spectators and the fans. A bit more bite,” England said.
“The players love the pressure, the thrill and it’s going to go all the way and make for an exciting end to the season.
“The girls know what’s at stake and want to win. We know we can’t go wrong and we have to do our best.
“We don’t need any extra motivation when we go to this pitch.
“Spurs have had a phenomenal year and have taken points from some great teams. It will be a fight of dogs and dogs and it will come down to who has the better fight in them.”