Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel died in a car crash this morning, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association has announced a few hours ago.
Samuel, aged 37, represented England at under-21 level before going on to play for Trinidad and Tobago’s senior team.
A statement on the TTFA’s Facebook page read: “The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and his former national team-mates at this time extends deepest condolences to his family members both in the UK and here in Trinidad and Tobago.”
The statement adds: “We’ve received some terrible news that former National defender and Ex-Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers player Jlloyd Samuel died in a car crash this morning in England.
“According to reports, Jlloyd was returning home after dropping his kids off to school and collided with an oncoming vehicle.
“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.”
Samuel came through the ranks at Villa before later playing for Bolton and Cardiff City.
He was 37 years old.
Born in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago, Samuel attended St Joseph’s Academy, Blackheath through the 1990s where he was a valuable member of the school football teams as well as the London Schoolboys teams.
He spent his youth football at Charlton Athletic before signing a professional contract with Villa.
The full-back played for the Sunday league team Senrab and West Ham United, from whom he was released on the same day as Paul Konchesky, Lee Bowyer, Bobby Zamora and Fitz Hall.
Samuel’s Villa debut came in September 1999.
He played 169 times for Villa until he moved to Bolton in 2007.
He scored two goals for AVFC, before making 71 appearances for the Trotters.
He would enjoy a brief loan spell at Cardiff before playing for Esteghal, Pakyan and Egerton between 2011 and 2017.
Samuel was understood to be living in Cheshire, and we have contacted Cheshire Police for further details.