Danny Rose has once again voiced his displeasure at the prospect of returning to training and the restart of competitive football next month.
Premier League clubs have now entered phase one of training after receiving the green light this week ahead of plans to resume footballing action in the middle of June (Sky Sports).
Rose said last week that he does not care about the morale of the nation when lives are at risk due to the spread of COVID-19.
The England international admitted that Steve Bruce was not a fan of his comments and told the defender that he should have worded his thoughts better.
Speaking to The Lockdown Tactics Podcast, Rose said: “I didn’t think too much to it. I was having my breakfast the next day and then I saw Steve Bruce coming up on my phone. So I was like ‘oh no!’.
“I let it ring for about 30 seconds and then I thought I’d better answer this. So I went into another room and I spoke to him and he said I just need to word things a bit better if I’m going to do things like that.
“He explained the measures that they’re going to do to make things safe. Obviously, I’ve seen the headlines and we, as footballers and people in the public, we have a platform.
“I know I maybe could have worded what I said a bit better but I do feel exactly how you’re feeling that six weeks ago, Matt Hancock was saying that footballers need to half their wages and now six weeks on we’re needed to hopefully try to entertain people.”
The England international insisted that he felt footballers were being used as guinea pigs in being asked to return to training under the current circumstances.
Although he admitted that he was missing playing football, he claimed that he didn’t want to risk his health for people’s entertainment.
Rose added: “Even at the moment obviously I’m dying to get back to football but just with the things that are happening right now, people are going through this coronavirus pandemic a lot worse than me and I don’t want to be complaining about everything.
“Just off the fact that people are suggesting we should go back to football, like we’re guinea pigs or lab rats.
“We’re going to experiment this phase and see if it works or not. I can just imagine people at home saying ‘well they earn that amount of money so they should be going back’.
“For stuff like that I think is it worth the hassle? I could be potentially risking my health for people’s entertainment and that’s not something I want to be involved in if I’m honest.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Rose’s comments come off as being extremely insensitive especially at a time when regular workers all around the country have no choice to but to return to work. None of those workers are entering into an environment as safe as Premier League footballers are and don’t have the privilege of being tested regularly. Those who retort with “but football is not essential” don’t really understand what essential means in this context. The reality is that football is extremely important to the economy and a lot of people like groundsmen and other non-playing staff will be laid off by clubs if the Premier League does not resume.
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