Former West Ham player Thomas Hitzlsperger reveals he is gay

Former West Ham, Aston Villa and Germany international midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has announced he is gay. The 31-year-old, who ended his playing career in September due to persistent injuries, told Germany's Die Zeit newspaper that now was "a good time" for him to reveal his true sexuality.

Thomas Hitzlsperger seen in 2011 Credit: Press Association

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Former West Ham player reveals he is gay

Former West Ham, Aston Villa and Germany international midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has announced he is gay.