Chris Kirkland says Danny Rose revealing mental health issues can help other players

Danny Rose revealing his mental health issues can help other players, but speaking about it should be the norm, Chris Kirkland told The Debate .

Before the summer's World Cup, Tottenham defender Rose revealed he dealt with a period of depression in 2017 after suffering a serious knee injury and the death of his uncle.

It is rare for a high-profile footballer still playing to speak out on their mental health issues, but former goalkeeper Chris Kirkland - who himself has struggled - hopes Rose's comments can help other players.

When asked if he thought Rose was brave to comment on his depression, Kirkland told The Debate : "Yeah I do, but that should be normal. Just because he's a footballer, he shouldn't not be able to do that.

2:56 Video: Former Liverpool and England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland explains how his battles with managing his mental health started and how it affected him on a daily basis

"That should just be normal now and, hopefully, it will give other players the confidence to do that because there are many, many players who are struggling and won't come out.

"But hopefully if one more does come out from that, that's what we're doing it for."