England's Danny Rose speaks out about his battle with depression
England player Danny Rose has spoken out for the first time about his battle with depression.
The 27-year-old, who plays full-back for Tottenham, spoke about his struggles with mental health issues in an interview with a national newspaper.
Rose said that the trigger for his depression was spending eight months on the sidelines of the pitch as he was treated for a knee injury. On top of this, the death of his uncle made matters worse.
He said: "It all stemmed from my injury when I was advised I didn't need an operation. I don't know how many tablets I took to try and get fit for Tottenham, how many injections I took trying to get fit for Tottenham. I had cortisone and platelet-rich plasma injections trying to be fit for my club.
He continued: "I'm not saying I've had worse treatment than anybody else. That's football. But it was difficult - that was the start of it."
The player has been praised by people within the fields of mental health and football. Troy Townsend from anti-racism in football organisation Kick It Out says "we need more people like Danny to speak out."
He told Good Morning Britain that pressure on players leads to focus on them sticking on their performance on the pitch, not what is happening behind the scenes.