Tracey Neville revealed she suffered a miscarriage a day after steering England to a first-ever Commonwealth Video games gold medal in netball final 12 months.
Neville, who stepped down as England head coach after overseeing their third-place end on the World Cup in July, led the Roses to their first main title in 2018 as they edged out hosts Australia 52-51 in a dramatic last.
“I had a miscarriage and then I went into a three-hour media fest to celebrate what is something that I’d been waiting something like 30 years for,” Neville advised BBC Breakfast.
“You assume to your self: ‘This cannot be proper.’ You see different girls who’ve been by means of traumatic conditions take day off work, however I simply wasn’t keen to do this.
“This was my family, this was my commitment. I didn’t want to miss this journey that the Roses were on because, in a way – and it’s awful to say – the Roses were my priority.”
The 42-year-old, who has been succeeded within the England job by Jess Thirlby, earlier this month introduced she was pregnant.
Neville is 100 per cent behind the appointment of Thirlby and in addition revealed her personal intentions to return to teaching sooner or later.
While she isn’t certain in what capability that could be, she admitted the Roses head coach was the “ultimate dream” and that she “probably got it earlier than I thought”.
“I’m hoping this is going to be a really positive break for me to sit back and decide what I want to do next.”