Burnley striker Peter Crouch is to appear in a major BBC documentary as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. 

The Premier League veteran opens up about his experiences in the game as part of the programme 'A Royal Team Talk: Tackling Mental Health'.

The 38-year-old, whose Clarets future is up in the air at the end of his short-term contract, is joined by Football Association president Prince William, England manager Gareth Southgate, Tottenham's Danny Rose, former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry, ex-Spurs and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas and presenter Dan Walker as part of a discussion highlighting the importance of talking about men's mental health.

Crouch speaks about the pressures of playing for England and the problems he encountered coming through the ranks. 

"When I first broke into the first team at QPR people judged me on my appearance," he tells the programme. 

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"I'm the same size, and probably even skinnier than I am now.

"Although I make light of those things now, no teenager wants to go through these things.

"I had these hang-ups and I always used to cry. I used to cry at night when I was a kid of 14/15, saying 'dad, why am I not the same as everyone else?'

"Football fans can be very ruthless."

Rose, who has also spoken out strongly on racism, reveals in the documentary that a club interested in signing him wanted to make sure he was not "crazy". 

The England left-back opened up about his struggles with depression in the build up to the 2018 World Cup, an illness which was triggered by a significant knee injury and the death of a close family member.

"There's still a long way to go in football because in the summer I was speaking to another club, and they said, 'The club would like to meet you, just to check that you're not crazy'," Rose said. 

"I was embarrassed, as whatever I've been through I like to think it doesn't affect me doing my job.

"In the end they didn't put a bid in, but to think that people assume I might be crazy is embarrassing and I'm still angry about it to this day.

"If that opportunity came around again I'd definitely say no now."

The BBC One programme airs on Sunday night at 10.30pm.