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England footballer Danny Rose opens up about depression battle

Danny Rose has been seeing a psychologist (Picture: PA)

England defender Danny Rose has been praised for opening up about his battle with depression.

He was sidelined for over eight months last year after a knee injury, during which time his uncle committed suicide.

The 27-year-old said: ‘It’s no secret that I’ve been through a testing time at Tottenham this season, which led to me seeing a psychologist, and I was diagnosed with depression, which nobody knows about, and I had to get away from Tottenham.’

He described taking medication for a while during a ‘hard’ period.

It’s unusual for a current elite player to describe their mental health issues openly like this given the pressures they are under in their role, so for him to do so just a week before playing in the World Cup has been described as a ‘game changer’, Metro reported.

After having medical treatment, Rose says he is now in a positive place ahead of the tournament.

‘I was on medication for a few months – again, nobody knows about that apart from my agent – but I’m off the medication now, I’m good now,’ he said.

‘Nobody knows this either, but my uncle killed himself in the middle of my rehab, and that triggered the depression as well.

‘It was really hard, and being referred to a doctor and psychologist helped me massively to cope. ‘Off the field, there have been other incidents – in August, my mum was racially abused back home in Doncaster.

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She was very angry and upset about it, and then someone came to the house and nearly shot my brother in the face. It was a testing time.’

Asked whether he had revealed the extent of his anguish to England manager Gareth Southgate, Rose added: ‘No. You are the only people who know about a lot of this stuff – 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.’

Rose has been praised for speaking up about his mental health issues.

Paul Farmer, chief executive of mental health charity Mind, said: ‘One in four people will experience a mental health problem so it should come as no surprise that professional sportspeople will face these issues too.

‘Many people from the world of sport have already made a difference by speaking out.’ Mind also called on anyone experiencing mental health issues to talk to a family member or friend, or see their GP.

England’s Danny Rose in tonight’s friendly match against Costa Rica (Picture: Reuters)

Culled from Metro

My view: That's so brave of Danny Rose and I hope people who suffer from depression seek help and talk to friends and family. Many men find it difficult to ask for help when they are depressed. ... Talk to someone – if you've had a major upset in your life, don't bottle things up.