Former Trinidad star dies in auto crash

Aston Villa players took part in a minute's applause in remembrance of Jlloyd Samuel at Villa Park yesterday

In a statement, the father-of-four's family said: "Jlloyd was a loving son, father, husband and brother".

"We've received some bad news that former national defender and ex-Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers player Jlloyd Samuel died in a auto crash this morning in England", the Trinidad and Tobago FA said on its official Facebook page.

Former Premier League defender Jlloyd Samuel has died at the age of just 37.

Jlloyd Samuel's Range Rover reportedly burst into flames after the collision with a delivery truck on a country lane near Warrington yesterday morning.

"His next of kin have been informed and are now being supported by specially trained officers".

Samuel played for England at youth level, in Under-18, U-20 and U-21 teams, pledging his global allegiance to his homeland, winning two caps. "He represented Trinidad and Tobago on two occasions and on both occasions with distinction", John-Williams said.

At club level, he joined Aston Villa in 1998, making 198 appearance before moving to Bolton Wanderers in 2007.

Samuel played football in Iran in his later career, joining Esteghlal in 2011 - where he won the league and cup double - and Paykan in 2014.

Football players who knew Samuel took the chance to send condolence messages through social media.

"Rest in peace, Jlloyd".

Tributes poured in from other players and colleagues after news of his death broke, including Manchester United's Ashley Young, who said he was "absolutely gutted".

"The TTFA and all his former teammates extends deepest condolences to his family in this most hard time".

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