Danny Rose reveals a club was concerned he was ‘crazy’ as they considered signing him.
Before 2018’s World Cup in Russia, the attacking Tottenham and England full-back admitted he was battling with depression.
The star claimed that a mix of injury and family tragedy had contributed towards the diagnosis.
He was praised at the time for his courage in publicly admitting his mental health problem.
But the 28-year-old former Leeds man said he is still ‘angry and embarrassed’ by an encounter with a club which showed interest in him.
He said: "I was speaking to another club in the summer and they said, 'the club would like to meet you, just to check that you're not crazy,' because of what I'd said and what I'd been through.
"I was embarrassed, as whatever I've been through I like to think it doesn't affect me doing my job.
"I still know I'll always give a hundred percent.
"If that opportunity came around again I'd definitely say no now."
Last year, Rose had admitted that an eight-month long injury had contributed towards his depression.
In a revealing interview before the World Cup warm-up against Costa Rica, he told of his uncle’s suicide, as well as other harrowing incidents which contributed to his mental health.
"My uncle killed himself in the middle of my rehab, and that triggered the depression as well," said Rose.
"Off the field there have been other incidents: back home in August my mum was racially abused 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 - a gun was fired at my house.
"England has been my salvation and I can't thank the manager and the medical staff enough. It was really hard, and being referred to a doctor and psychologist by the Spurs club doctor helped me massively to cope."
Rose’s story was part of a BBC One documentary to be broadcast this weekend, 'A Royal Team Talk: Tackling Mental Health'.
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