England and Tottenham full-back Danny Rose has revealed that he has been diagnosed with depression for a number of months as he tried to recover from a long-term injury.
Rose is expected to be England’s first choice left-back/wing-back for this summer’s World Cup in Russia, and with just a week to go until the showpiece tournament of the year kicks off, he has revealed the extent of his off field struggles in a heartfelt interview with several national newspapers:
“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.
“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.
“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. 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.”