Concerns for the welfare of Everton player Aaron Lennon

Aaron Lennon joined Everton permanently in 2015 after a successful spell with Tottenham. Photo/Getty Images
Aaron Lennon joined Everton permanently in 2015 after a successful spell with Tottenham. Photo/Getty Images

England international Aaron Lennon was detained under the Mental Health Act after concerns for his welfare.

The 30-year-old, who has not played for Everton since February 11, was negotiated with by police officers for 20 minutes on Sunday afternoon.

Officers were called to a location in Salford, Greater Manchester, following concerns over his state of mind, according to Daily Mail.

Tracksuited Lennon was at the side of a busy thoroughfare close to the M602 motorway and officers believed he was in a precarious situation.

The player, capped 21 times by England, was a £4million signing for Everton from Tottenham in 2015.

Officers stopped the Leeds-born winger on Stott Lane, close to Salford Royal Hospital.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "Police were called at around 4.35pm on Sunday, April 30, 2017 to reports of a concern for the welfare of a man.

Officers attended and a 30-year-old man was detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act and was taken to hospital for assessment."

- Daily Mail

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