Tottenham full-back Danny Rose opened up about his fight against depression ahead of the World Cup last summer. The 28-year-old hardly featured for Spurs last campaign owing to a knee injury.
The England man revealed that the injury coupled with the trauma of a personal tragedy had caused his mental health to deteriorate severely.
Rose was praised by a lot of people in the football world including rival players and fans who applauded the defender for speaking out about his mental health problems.
Almost a year on, the England defender has recovered from his injury troubles and is once again featuring for Tottenham on a regular basis.
Rose has now said that his decision to open up about his problems was one of the best ones he has made. The 28-year-old said he was overwhelmed by the support he received, and singled out Gareth Southgate in particular for helping him through the situation.
Speaking to the BBC, Rose said, “It was one of the best things I’ve done. Looking back I would have maybe said something after the World Cup. For a short space of time the focus was on me and I was a bit uncomfortable with that.
“The messages and support I received was amazing. I probably wish I had done it sooner than I did, but I did it and I’m happy.
“Gareth was brilliant. He always is whenever I speak to him. We went for a walk on the morning it came out and he just gave me some advice. All through the World Cup he was checking on me. When I’m not with the squad I am in contact with him.”
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