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Former Ireland international and Liverpool star Jason McAteer has said that he contemplated suicide after his playing career ended.

The 45-year-old Liverpudlian appeared on the Late Late Show on Friday night and revealed that the day pitch stardom finished, his depression set in.

“It’s like a light switch the day you finish. You go home and there’s nothing there. You’re not going in the next day,” he said. “Your friends are not there and it’s very, very difficult and I suffered from a bad bout of depression to be fair. I got really messed up.

“Depression takes a hold of you. You don’t realise you’re in this world. you think it’s the norm but you’re doing things out of character that your close friends or family would see.

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