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The premise saw the football manager, 72, reunite a team of former England legends to train them back to their former glory, before they take on old rivals Germany in one final grudge match.
While it seemed Redknapp had his work cut out with his unruly team – with Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock proving himself to be the real star of the show – viewers were equally moved by an honest and frank discussion the team members had over mental health.
While heading on a fishing trip with David Seaman and Robbie Fowler, former Arsenal favourite Paul Merson opened up about his battle with addiction, admitting he was once on the brink of suicide as he struggled with his gambling problem.
Talking about the darker time in his life, he said, “Addiction is a strong thing. It’s weird how it takes you. I’m playing for England. I have all the money in the world. And I wanted to kill myself.”
Viewers were quick to praise Merson for his open discussion on an important matter, taking to Twitter to thank the star for his honesty.
Can we seriously take a moment to appreciate that part where David Seaman, Paul Merson and Robbie Fowler had an open chat about mental health. You could tell that was a chat they all wish they'd had 20 years ago… #HarrysHeroes #Harrysfullenglish
— Follow – @SamMichaelol (@SamMichaelCom) March 18, 2019
That last line from Merson properly choked me ???? #Harrysfullenglish
— Tracy Greaves (@TracyGreaves24) March 18, 2019
Just watched Harry’s Heroes. Laughed so much at times but also shocked at talk about depression by Paul Merson. When David Seaman says we didn’t know how help a teammate like that years ago. Thank god we can now talk more openly about depression and help if needed.
— Brian Morris (@bmorris6868) March 18, 2019
Loved #Harrysfullenglish absolute brilliant TV. Had me in stitches at times but made me sad listening to some of the players. I hope things pick up soon for Merson but it was really good to see Harry and the lads #HarrysHeroes
— Tom Jebb (@TomJebb8) March 18, 2019
Other fans added they felt emotional themselves seeing Merson open up.
Best 90 minutes of tv in ages watching Harry’s Heroes! Heartbreaking to see Merson at the end in tears having looked in such high spirits for much of the programme. Don’t ever underestimate the power of addiction ???? yet another reason for men to talk up!
— Scott Davies (@scottdavies1988) March 18, 2019
Watching paul merson talking on Harry's hero's and seeing him cry at the end put a lump in my throat nearly made me cry so come on mersy chin up you are a legend
— Sparkle_c Essex (@SparklecEssex1) March 19, 2019
Since the programme aired, Merson thanked the viewers for their support.
“Thank you for the supportive tweets, means the world to me,” he said. Taking one day at a time but it’s getting better for me. Addiction is the most lonely of places and I’ve had three of the worst types over three decades. Never be afraid to talk, you’re never alone.”
Harry’s Heroes: The Full English concludes tonight at 9pm on ITV