England defender Danny Rose has revealed that he struggled with depression himself following a combination of injury and family tragedy
The 27-year-old admitted to having a “testing time” at Tottenham this season as he gave a frank interview.
“It’s no secret that I’ve been through a testing time at Tottenham this season,” said Rose, according to the Guardian.
“It led to me seeing a psychologist and I was diagnosed with depression, which nobody knows about.”
He added: “I haven’t told my mum or my dad, and they are probably going to be really angry reading this, but I’ve kept it to myself until now.”
The full-back revealed that his period of personal turmoil began when he started treatment of a knee injury sustained in January 2017, which saw him sidelined for eight months.
“My uncle killed himself in the middle of my rehab, and that triggered the depression as well,” said Rose, who is expected to feature in England’s final World Cup warm-up against Costa Rica on Thursday,
“Off the field, there have been other incidents: back home in August my mum was racially abused in Doncaster. She was very angry and upset about it, and then someone came to the house and nearly shot my brother in the face – a gun was fired at my house.
“England has been my salvation and I can’t thank the manager and the medical staff enough. It was really hard, and being referred to a doctor and psychologist by the Spurs club doctor helped me massively to cope.”