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10 Footballers Who Hated Football

10. Ted Smith

One of the lesser-known names on this list, former England Youth goalkeeper Ted Smith called time on his career earlier this year at just 24-years-old after falling out of love with the game.

Smith had once been tipped as one of the brightest prospects in the country between the sticks, but later revealed that the pressure of playing led to a drop in his performance, and while he still enjoyed the training, he began to dread matchdays.

Smith has also spoken about just how damaging to one's mental health the culture of social media abuse can be in the sport, with fans quick to direct pejoratives at players online after a bad performance.

An academy graduate at Southend United, Smith had represented England's youth teams in several age groups and was even reportedly a transfer target of Jose Mourinho at Tottenham before deciding to hang up his gloves for good.

More power to him.

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