Shaka Hislop has now regained consciousness after he collapsed on air before Sunday’s friendly between Real Madrid and AC Milan USA.
Hislop, 54, is currently working as a sports analyst for US broadcaster ESPN.
The former West Ham goalkeeper stumbled and fell to the ground during pre-match pitch-side interview at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
Dan Thomas, who was presenting together with Hislop, immediately called for assistance as the channel cut for a commercial break.
The temperature in California on Sunday was about 30C, but the heat cannot be confirmed as a factor in Hislop’s collapse.
During the half-time update, Thomas confirmed that: “My mate, Shaka Hislop, not here, but as it stands, it’s good news.”
“He’s conscious. He’s talking. I think he’s a little embarrassed about it all. He’s apologised profusely. Not a man who likes people to make a fuss of him.”
“Obviously far too early to make any sort of diagnosis, but the important thing is that Shaka’s conscious and we spoke to his family as well, because you imagine seeing that happen live.”
Shaka Hislop featured in 121 games for West Ham United in two spell between 1998 to 2002 and 2005 to 2006 in the EPL.
The former goalkeeper also won 26 caps for his country Trinidad and Tobago.
Who Is Shaka Hislop?
Neil Shaka Hislop CM is a retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper and was born on 22 February, 1969.
Hislop was birthed in England, and he played for them at under-21 level before representing Trinidad and Tobago at senior international level.
The goalie spent majority of his career in the top division in England where he was a part of the Newcastle United team which finished second in the Premier League for two successive seasons under Kevin Keegan’s first tenure.
Shaka Hislop before this, he played for Reading, where he was on the losing side in the First Division play-offs despite finishing second overall.
He later went on to play for West Ham United on two occasions (receiving an FA Cup runners-up medal during his second season in 2006) and also for Portsmouth (where he won the First Division in 2002/03).
He was eligible to play for both England and Trinidad and Tobago and he initially played for the England U-21 team but he later opted to play for Trinidad and Tobago.
He had an issue with his national team and he was ruled out for several years, but he returned to play and starred in the country’s first ever World Cup appearance in 2006.
Shaka Hislop now works with ESPN where he is most often seen as a commentator on ESPN FC.
The ex-goalie was also a former goalkeeping coach for the football team at Quinnipiac University.