Former England Under-21 striker Marvin Sordell has described football as “a beautiful game with an ugly persona” after citing his mental wellbeing as a big factor behind his decision to retire aged just 28.
It's easy to assume that those who make it through academies have done so without a hitch; by just always being the best kids around. In his latest column, Marvin reveals that the truth is everything but...
In his latest unghosted story for FourFourTwo.com, Marvin explains why players need an identity outside of football – and how one club tried to prevent him taking up other interests while he struggled with depression
In his brand new, unghosted series on FourFourTwo.com, the Burton Albion and former England U21 striker discusses the often-complicated dynamic between supporters and stars – a give and take process on both sides