ARSENAL and Scotland defender Jen Beattie is counting her blessings this season after fearing her career as a footballer was over.
The 30-year-old needed to endure surgical procedure in May to repair a long-term again drawback, and she or he revealed this week how tough that spell had been for her.
“I’ll be sincere, I used to be ‘googling’ jobs at one level,” she stated. “I received to some fairly darkish locations. Injuries positively check you in methods you by no means actually count on, however again ache and again surgical procedure are a bit of bit extra intensive and it was positively one of many hardest issues I’ve ever gone via.”
Beattie, who performed on via therapy for breast most cancers final yr, stated she is now “excessive as a kite” on the means her season goes. That consists of Champions League motion, a aim towards Reading within the Women’s Super League, plus caps for Scotland previously week’s World Cup qualifiers. With a 2-0 away win over Hungary on Friday, adopted by a 7-1 victory towards the Faroe Islands at Hampden Park in Glasgow on Tuesday, it was a dream begin for Scotland boss and ex-Gunners supervisor, Pedro Martinez Losa.
England had been additionally unbeaten of their opening qualifiers. Gunner Beth Mead scored in an 8-0 win over North Macedonia on Friday, and clubmate Nikita Parris was heading in the right direction in a 10-0 thrashing of Luxembourg on Tuesday.
Arsenal’s Leah Williamson captained England in each video games, to the delight of her dad and mom who had been within the stands for the North Macedonia sport at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium. Williamson, 24, stated afterwards: “It’s a really proud day for them, they had been those that drove me in every single place after I was youthful. It’s simply as a lot about them at this time.”