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Meet the star female Northern Ireland football players facing biggest games of their lives

Tomorrow, Northern Ireland face Ukraine in the Women's Euro 2022 play-offs. Two stars, Nadene Caldwell and Sarah McFadden, explain to Stuart McKinley the events that directed their careers and how they deal with life away from the game

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On the ball: Northern Ireland’s Sarah McFadden

On the ball: Northern Ireland’s Sarah McFadden

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On the ball: Northern Ireland’s Sarah McFadden

As well as proudly wearing the green shirt of her country Sarah McFadden (33) dons many hats. Having to juggle roles as a wife, mother and teacher in a further education college sounds like enough of a challenge. Add international footballer into the mix and you begin to wonder how she can possibly manage it all.

She couldn't do it on her own and 75 Northern Ireland caps over a 17-year period doesn't come without its sacrifices. Time away from husband Damian, who she married in 2016, and three-year-old daughter Harper is the main one, but that is also Sarah's main source of encouragement.

Lifting the lid on her home life in the north-east of England, Sarah revealed: "Damian literally does everything for me.


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