Football ‘can swallow you up’ England star Danny Rose

Football 'can swallow you up'  England star Danny Rose

The Tottenham left-back endured a difficult 2017-18 season and recently revealed he had been diagnosed with depression, caused by injury and family tragedy.

Rose is in the England squad for the World Cup in Russia and came off the bench during the 6-1 win over Panama on Sunday, as Gareth Southgate’s team secured a place in the last 16.

But speaking ahead of England’s final group game against Belgium on Thursday, Rose revealed there are some aspects of a footballer’s lifestyle which can be unappealing.

It is the best job in the world, don’t get me wrong, he told Sky Sports News.

But people seem to think there are no other issues within football, you just get your money at the end of the month and play every weekend.

There is so much more to football than what people may see on Saturday and I don’t believe in hiding that from people.

Even though I feel very privileged to play football, with the things I have experienced within the game, it is not something I would be shouting from the rooftops, to recommend to people’s children to be footballers.

Because there are a lot of things that happen on a day-to-day basis at club football that I wouldn’t wish on anybody.


Rose would not reveal the specifics but, when asked if he meant the pressure of being a footballer, the 27-year-old added There’s pressure, there’s politics, there’s loads of things.

There’s not just playing on a Saturday and you receiving your money at the end of the month.

There’s so, so much more to football than what people see.

My agent told me when I was 15, 16, ‘you can have all the ability in the world but if you’re not mentally strong enough football will swallow you up’.

For 10, 11 years, I didn’t have a clue about what he was talking about. It wasn’t until this past year where I’ve realised exactly what he’s meant.

He’s 100% right with what he told me all those years ago.

Earlier this month, Rose was praised by Prince William for speaking about his mental health battles.

During a visit to England’s World Cup training camp, the Duke of Cambridge broke off while chatting to a group of players to address Rose directly.

If you don’t mind me mentioning I think it’s really very good what you did, said the prince, who is president of the FA.

Well done. You should be really pleased. Loads of support from me on that, he told Rose.

News Source SkyNews

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