JERMAINE JENAS felt absolutely 'WORTHLESS' after his retirement from football – which was followed by a swindling from family members.
The former England and Tottenham midfielder hung up his boots in January 2016 – nearly two years after rupturing his ACL while at Queens Park Rangers.
And the transition from playing in front of thousands of people every week to having all the time in the world on his hands was a difficult one for the 40-year-old.
During an appearance on the Learning, As I Go podcast, Jenas admitted: "I felt like I was just worthless in the house.
"I'd gone from being Jermaine Jenas the footballer, walking in every day with your chest out, to nothing.
"As a young footballer, I was fearless. I'm in the tunnels with like [Patrick] Vieira, [Robert] Pires, [Thierry] Henry.
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"And I'm like: 'This is nuts! I was literally watching these guys two minutes ago.'"
Jenas set up Aquinas Education – a scheme that offers football tickets to absent students at disadvantaged schools if they achieve perfect attendance – after his retirement.
The business – which initially focused on Nottingham-based kids – has been a successful one and has since branched out to London schools.
Although it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows in the early days.
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