Former Esteghlal player Jlloyd Samuel killed in auto crash

Jlloyd Samuel

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However, the presence of formidable left back Ashley Cole-with Wayne Bridge as deputy-blocked Samuel's path to the England senior team and former Trinidad and Tobago coach Leo Beenhakker tried to insert the defender into his squad for the Germany 2006 World Cup.

The footballing world has been rocked by the tragic news of Jlloyd Samuel's death, and tributes for the former defender have already been pouring in.

Samuel played for Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers in the top-flight and represented England at Under-21 level.

The Trinidad and Tobago global played well over 100 games for Aston Villa, and was a regular for the Midlands side during their long stint in the Premier League.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association said: "According to reports, Jlloyd was returning home after dropping his kids off to school and collided with an oncoming vehicle".

Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel died in a vehicle crash this morning, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association has announced.

He played youth football for Charlton before joining Aston Villa, where he made almost 200 appearances between 1999 and 2007.

Aston Villa have announced they will wear black armbands tonight in their Championship playoff semi-final second leg with Middlesbrough.

Samuel made 199 appearances for Villa after signing with the club in 1998, and played 83 times for Bolton between 2007 and 2011.

"Rest in peace, Jlloyd".

Jlloyd Samuel during his time at Cardiff City.

Popular TV show Soccer AM were quick to pay their respects, offering their condolences to the friends and family of the late Jloyd Samuel.

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