Relatives paid tribute to the 37-year-old in a statement released by Cheshire Police.
"Sadly the driver of the auto, Jlloyd Samuel, 37, from Lymm, died at the scene", they said in a statement.
He was reportedly on his way back from dropping his children off at school when the accident happened.
The 37-year-old, who was a Trinidad and Tobago worldwide died on the spot after his Range Rover collided with a van in High Legh near Lymm.
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A witness who tried to rescue Samuel told the Warrington Worldwide: "I was on the scene within two minutes of the crash occurring and smashed the windows of the blazing vehicle in an attempt to get the occupant out".
Samuel leaves behind wife Emma and their three children, aged 10, 8 and 5. The fire was too bad.
Manchester United star Ashley Young, who played with Samuel at Aston Villa, described him as "such a good guy on and off the pitch and a truly good friend".
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.
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A MAN from Chester is in a serious condition following a crash that claimed the life of a former Premier League footballer.
"The family at this time respectfully request to be left alone so they can have time to grieve and mourn his passing".
"We've received some awful news that former national defender and ex-Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers player Jlloyd Samuel died in a auto crash in England", the TTFA said in a post on Facebook.
"Rest in peace, Jlloyd".
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The 54-year-old male driver of the van remains in hospital in a serious condition. "We take this opportunity to extend sincerest condolences to his family at this time".