Spurs and England defender Danny Rose has revealed that a family tragedy and a prolonged injury caused him to suffer from depression.
A knee injury which required surgery sustained in January 2017 saw him unable to play for eight months.
Speaking to journalists at St George’s Park, Rose revealed his depression diagnosis.
"It's no secret that I've been through a testing time at Tottenham this season," said Rose.
"It led to me seeing a psychologist and I was diagnosed with depression, which nobody knows about."
He added: "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.
"England has been my salvation.
"My uncle killed himself in the middle of my rehab, and that triggered the depression as well,
"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."
Rose has been included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming world cup.
"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."
"I was getting very angry, very easily," he said. "I didn't want to go into football, I didn't want to do my rehab.
"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.
"I had to have an operation four months down the line - after all that football I missed, when the team was flying and I was playing really well, the team were playing really well.
"I'm not saying I've had worse treatment than anybody else, but it was difficult and that was the start of it.
"Things were said and things happened behind the scenes at my club, and I don't want to go into any detail because I'll end up being fined again," he said this week.
"Football is a pressurised environment"
PFA head of player welfare Michael Bennett spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live about depression in football:
“The more that players are coming out and sharing their experiences, the more it is making it comfortable for others to do so. So for Danny to express how he has struggled is fantastic in itself and fantastic for football and those who have suffered in silence.
“There are pressures and high demands in football. It is a constant battle to stay fit, win games and a pressurised environment. You have up and down emotions so if you have that seven days a week, it will impact on your well-being.”