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Harry Redknapp has candidly opened up about the mental struggles he faced during his football career.

The I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! winner – who became King of the Jungle in 2018 – has captured the hearts of the nation after his run in camp, but the reaction was sometimes more divided while he was playing for the likes of West Ham and Bournemouth in the 1960s and ’70s.

Harry – who went onto become a manager – described his beloved wife Sandra as his rock and revealed the tough times he had to deal with when it came to life in the spotlight.

He told This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: ‘We never made arrangements on Saturday night to go out with anybody.

‘If we got beat – you don’t realise, I spoke to someone the other day, you talk about mental health issues. I used to get so low. People would be like, “Oh Harry’s always upbeat, always happy”.

‘But when you’re on your own, after a defeat – when I look back on it, it was scary, how low I would get.’

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Harry Redknapp and Sandra Redknapp
‘This Morning’ TV show, London, UK – 26 Sep 2022
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Harry Redknapp and Sandra Redknapp
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Source: Rex Features
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Harry explained a lot of the pressure came from how he felt himself, with the weight of fans’ expectations on his shoulders.

‘The club, the fans, you feel responsible. You feel everybody’s talking about you, pick up the paper – you know, it was just, weekends were just impossible after a game and you got beat,’ he added. ‘We would go out, just the two of us,’

Harry and Sandra met when he was 17 before getting married in 1967, and with their 60th wedding anniversary approaching, they also offered some advice to viewers wanting that longevity and romance.

‘I dunno, it’s difficult. You meet somebody, you fall in love – we’ve just never fallen out of love. We just have a great time together, we really do,’ he smiled.

‘Don’t go to bed on an argument,’ Sandra added, while Harry agreed and pointed out: ‘If we have a disagreement, don’t let is fester into a big argument. It’s not worth it.’

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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