Former England prop Joe Marler has clarified how he needed to be talked over playing sport in to accounts by his wife because of his anxiety for international responsibility.

Marler retired from international in September, aged only 28, to pay more time with his loved ones.

“I had never been too comfortable playing with high, high, level sport,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.

“I’d be like’I don’t want to move away’. She’d say’you’ll be OK, crack on’.”

Marler has been a portion of their British and Irish Lions squad to tour New Zealand at 2017 and won 5-9 England caps.

However, the Harlequins front row says he never felt at home in such environments, telling the Friday Sports Panel he struggled with”the pressure of it and how intense it might be”.

“I usually don’t take myself too badly and you kind of want to accomplish that in sport, right?” He included.

Marler says he reached your decision to end his England career after realising his priorities had changed considering getting married to wife Daisy, and the arrival of their children Jasper along with Maggie.


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