Danny Rose has thanked the football world for their support after opening up about suffering with depression.
Rose talked about dealing with mental illness before England flew to the World Cup in Russia at the start of the summer.
For the first time he has spoken about how he reacted after news of his situation broke.
Tottenham full back Danny Rose is preparing for the new Premier League season this week
'I remember we played at Leeds - England against Costa Rica before the World Cup,' Rose told the Daily Mirror.
'I remember waking up that morning, the morning after it came out. I woke up to a lot of messages and I got really upset. I wasn't expecting it. I wasn't expecting the amount of messages that I got.'
Rose played the full match against Costa Rica at Elland Road. He said that England manager Gareth Southgate spoke to him before the game.
Rose opened up about dealing with mental illness ahead of the World Cup in Russia
'We had a walk around the hotel and, again, he gave me some really nice words. It was a funny few days for me,' Rose said.
'Then that night we played against Costa Rica and after the game the manager said that it was one of the best games he'd seen me play. It was as though I'd got a lot of things off my chest.'
Rose is currently preparing for the new Premier League season with Tottenham.
But at the weekend he went along to Blundell Park to support his brother Mitch who plays for Grimsby Town.
He was struck by how supportive people have been to him and the only regret he has is that he didn't tell his story sooner.
He added: 'I was back home in Doncaster over the weekend,' Rose said. 'My brother plays for Grimsby and I was at the game (against Forest Green).
'I had two people come up to me at the game thanking me for what I'd said. It just made me wish maybe I'd done it sooner. Or maybe after the World Cup, but yes, I'm glad I did it in the end.'
Danny's brother, Mitch (pictured), plays as a midfielder for Grimsby Town in League Two