Thomas Hitzlsperger announces he is gay: former Aston Villa, Everton and West Ham star comes out

Hitzlsperger comes out. Former Premier League star Thomas Hitzlsperger has become the most high-profile football to announce he is gay....

Hitzlsperger comes out.

Former Premier League star Thomas Hitzlsperger has become the most high-profile football to announce he is gay.

“In England, Italy and Germany being a homosexual is no big thing, at least not in the dressing room,” the former Aston Villa, Everton and West Ham midfielder told German paper Die Zeit.

“I have never been ashamed for the fact that I am like I am.”

The 31-year-old, who retired last year, said he wants “take the discussion around professional athletes and homosexuality forward”.
Hitzlsperger, famed for his ferocious left-foot, represented Germany 52 times, played in a World Cup and European Championship and won the Bundesliga with Stuttgart.

Last year, the former Leeds United player Robbie Rogers came out, telling the world about his sexuality in a statement on his website. Last month the British diver Tom Daley also announced that he is gay.

Related Stories

Young striker gets Stamford Bridge lifeline. SEE ALSO: Best Football Manager wonderkids Romelu Lukaku could still stay at Chelsea this...

Jose Mourinho to give unsettled star one final chance at Chelsea

Gunners linked with surprise move for City ace. SEE ALSO: Top 10 smoking footballers Arsenal are among a number of...

Arsenal among clubs chasing unsettled Manchester City winger

Hammers want two United wingers on loan.West Ham United have been linked with an ambitious double raid on Manchester United...

West Ham line up ambitious double swoop on Manchester United

Toffees hopeful of securing top target. Chelsea youngster Romelu Lukaku could officially be an Everton player within the next 48...

Chelsea starlet could finalise Everton move this week

The biggest deals involving clubs from the English top tier. The 2014 summer transfer window may only be 18 days...

Top 10 most expensive Premier League transfers of the summer so far featuring Arsenal and Chelsea buys

A roundup of today’s Arsenal-related transfer stories. SEE ALSO: Best young football players in the world! Arsenal switch focus to...

Arsenal rumour roundup: Wenger eyes Khedira alternative, Remy wants Champions League, and more

Gunners youngster eyed by Sam Allardyce. SEE ALSO: Top 10 smoking footballers West Ham United are keen to sign Arsenal...

Arsenal defender linked with surprise West Ham switch

The highs and lows of the transfer window so far for the sides in the English top tier. The summer...

Power Ranking The Summer Transfer Window Of The Premier League Clubs With Arsenal Flying And Liverpool Struggling

The players aged 21 or younger who will impress in the English top tier. With the 2014/15 Premier League season...

The 10 Premier League youngsters to shine in 2014/15 including Liverpool duo and new £27m Manchester United signing Luke Shaw

Issues English clubs should take into account when searching for new recruits. With the transfer market now open, a number...

What Premier League clubs should be wary of in the 2014 transfer market