Published on January 9, 2014 | by Ali Fortescue

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Thomas Hitzlsperger Announces he is Gay

International player Thomas Hitzlsperger has announced he's gayFormer Aston Villa, Everton and West Ham midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has become perhaps the most high profile footballer to announce he’s gay.

The 31-year-old retired from football last September, after playing for Germany in the 2006 world cup.

Hitzlsperger told German newspaper Die Zeit he wants to “take the discussion around professional athletes and homosexuality forward”.

He earned the name ‘Der Hammer’ when he played for Aston Villa because of his powerful left-foot shoot.

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