Jake Livermore: England recall gives hope to players struggling with issues

Jake Livermore believes his return to the England team, four-and-a-half years after winning his only senior cap, will offer motivation and hope to those suffering difficult situations following his own journey back from the lowest period of his life.

Livermore, 27, is in line to win his second England cap against Germany in Dortmund on Wednesday having won his first against Italy in August 2012.

The West Bromwich Albion midfielder has returned to the senior squad, however, after escaping a two-year suspension in 2015 following a positive test for cocaine.

After testing positive for the substance on April 25, 2015, Livermore was suspended by his then club, Hull City, and the Football Association (FA) until the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.

But with Livermore testing positive in the months following the death of his newborn son, Jake Junior, the FA spared the player from a lengthy suspension due to the "specific and unique nature of the circumstances."

Livermore has since rebuilt his career and become a mentor off the pitch and he admits that his return to the England squad can help him deliver a message of hope to youngsters.

"Hopefully the young kids -- and it's not just kids, it's any professional in any walk of life -- can take something away from this [recall to the squad]," Livermore said. "The opportunity to play and represent my country will hopefully enhance that.

"Having this opportunity to repay people who helped me in any way, shape or form is like a dream for me.

"There would be too many to mention. Obviously all my family, Hull City as a football club were fantastic and those outside of football, at the FA, were fantastic and have remained so throughout.

"We're doing our best to work with others who may need anything in the future."

Livermore, who left Hull for West Brom in January, revealed he has visited his old school on the outskirts of London to help youngsters faced with challenging circumstances.

"I went to see one of my teachers, Mr Alder, who was very supportive throughout, as they all were," he said. "There were a few children in the excluded unit section, where they are taken away from the other kids.

"My teacher asked me if I could sit and talk with a lad who was also very talented at football. I just told him about my experiences and how you have to stay focused. Things can always come full circle and be better.

"It's not easy, the whole scenario [of giving talks], but it's for a good cause.

"When people need you, like I needed someone, I want to be a person who can help someone else.

"I found them receptive and that always gives you a lift and makes you want to carry on doing it.

"I've been into various different clubs and youth teams, just seeing old managers who I've had previously, if they've got any young hot prospects who may have other outside influences.

"It's nice to be able to help someone and give something back because, when I really needed it, I was fortunate to have that with the FA and my club.

"It was something I wanted to do because I thought it would help.

"But everyone has their own story and everyone will be opened up to different opportunities or temptations.

"There's been a few others since. Harry Arter at Bournemouth [whose wife gave birth to a stillborn daughter]. I think he's conducted himself brilliantly and I'm over the moon he's now out the other side.

"I did reach out to him and say if there was any point he needed me. We became good friends after that."

On the pitch, Livermore's move to The Hawthorns has helped propel his international claims, but after almost five years out of the picture with England, he admits he cannot waste this opportunity.

"To be honest, when you are young, you are very much in the moment and it's only once you have time out to reflect and realise what a massive achievement it is to play for England," Livermore said. "Since having time to reflect, you realise that it was five years ago, which is why it's such a special moment for me now and one that I really must grasp."