Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Former Aston Villa defender Jlloyd Samuel dies in auto crash

Former Aston Villa defender Jlloyd Samuel dies in auto crash

Former Aston Villa, Bolton and England Under 21s defender Jlloyd Samuel has died in a vehicle crash at the age of 37.

The defender died in a vehicle crash this morning (May 15), according to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.

Samuel, 37, a Trinidad and Tobago worldwide, played for Villa between 1998 and 2007 and spent four years at Bolton.

After a brief spell with Cardiff in 2011, Samuel moved to Iranian side Esteghlal where he spent three years.

However, the presence of formidable left back Ashley Cole-with Wayne Bridge as deputy-blocked Samuel's path to the England senior team and former Trinidad and Tobago coach Leo Beenhakker tried to insert the defender into his squad for the Germany 2006 World Cup.

A Cheshire Police statement read "At around 7.55am police were called following reports of a collision involving a van and a Range Rover near to Costcutter on West Lane".

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Samuel celebrated his 37th birthday in March this year.

"His next of kin have been informed and are now being supported by specially trained officers".

The news of his passing was revealed in a statement from the Trinidad and Tobago FA, the country he made two appearances for in 2009.

Police said the 54-year-old driver of the van was being treated in hospital for serious injuries.

Footballers' union the Professional Footballers' Association extended its "sincere condolences" to Samuel's family and friends, with the Football League saying it was "deeply saddened" by the news of his death.

He played junior football for Senrab, the club where a host of Premier League stars, including John Terry, Ledley King and Sol Campbell, started their careers.

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