Tributes are pouring in for former English Premier League player Jlloyd Samuel, who died at age 37 on Wednesday.
The former Trinidad and Tobago defender who played for Aston Villa and Bolton, died in a car accident, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association has announced.
Samuel, a fullback, represented England at under-21 level before going on to play for Trinidad and Tobago’s senior team.
He is reported to have been involved in a collision with a truck in Cheshire, northwest England on Tuesday morning.
Samuel was capped by England from Under-18 to Under-21 level and was an unused substitute for a senior international against Sweden in 2004.
He attempted to switch international allegiance before Trinidad and Tobago played at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Although his application was rejected by FIFA because he was over 21 at the time, he later represented the country of his birth.
The TTFA said “the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and his former national teammates at this time extends deepest condolences to his family members both in the UK. and here in Trinidad and Tobago.”
Aston Villa paid tribute to Samuel as the home home side wore black armbands for their English Championship play-off second leg against Middlesbrough at Villa Park.
There was also a minute’s applause before the game while fans chanted the defender’s name ahead of kick off.
During the applause Villa’s big screens showed Samuel’s two league goals for the club – both against Charlton during the 2003-04 season.
We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our former player Jlloyd Samuel at the age of just 37 in a car accident
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) May 15, 2018
Absolutely gutted to hear the news of the passing of Jlloyd Samuel. Took me under his wing when I joined Villa and helped me settle. Such a good guy on and off the pitch and a truly good friend. Condolences to Emma, his kids and the Samuel family. RIP J ❤
— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 15, 2018
Everybody associated with Bolton Wanderers Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former defender, Jlloyd Samuel.
— Bolton Wanderers FC (@OfficialBWFC) May 15, 2018
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former #CardiffCity defender, Jlloyd Samuel.
Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this incredibly difficult time. pic.twitter.com/SB0YTxzy2T
— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) May 15, 2018
Absolutely devastated to lose one of my closest friends of 30 yrs Jlloyd Samuel it was only last night we exchanged msgs,u always had a smile on ur face and lived life to the fullest more than any1 I know, we love you bro RIP pic.twitter.com/X9oDxjEDQQ
— Ledley King (@LedleyKing) May 15, 2018
I’m saddened to share this post about my friend Jlloyd Samuel, you will forever be in my prayers, my heart goes out to your family. Rest in peace brother ❤️ pic.twitter.com/03clT46uGu
— Hughie Lewis Fury (@hughiefury) May 15, 2018