Jay Bothroyd reveals he hid epilepsy and seizures during football career

Forward won one England cap against France in November 2010‘I never denied it, I just didn’t talk about it. I had to earn a living’

The former Wolves and Cardiff forward Jay Bothroyd has revealed some of the risks he took during his career while hiding epilepsy and wishes he had been open about his condition.

Bothroyd made a solitary England appearance in 2010, but concealed the fact he had seizures for the majority of his two decades in the game. The ex-Arsenal trainee also believes there other players who are suffering from the condition but are keeping it secret. Speaking in the Mail on Sunday, the 41-year-old disclosed an incident where he blacked out while driving and crashed his car in Elstree before he ended up in a prison cell “covered in all this blood” after he had another episode where he banged his head against a wall.

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