Tottenham and England’s defender Danny Rose described attempts to put Premier League football back next month as “b******s” and criticized the idea that sport should be used to lift people’s spirits after the coronavirus lockdown.
Rose had been playing on loan for Newcastle before the pandemic forced the sporting hiatus. He said, speaking on Lock’Don Live, “I’m supposed to go back, I think I’m getting tested on Friday so we will just have to wait and see.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson proposed a series of staggered steps, including the prospect of behind-the-scenes sporting activities from 1 June, a situation he said would give “a much-needed boost to national morality”.
Rose said: “Government is saying ‘bring football back’ because it is going to boost the nation’s morale.”
The Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ has been looking at a return to action in the coming weeks, but Rose has handled the talks with a mixture of frustration and contempt during the Instagram Live show, saying:
“I don’t give a f*** about the nation’s morale, bro, people’s lives are at risk. Football shouldn’t even be spoke about coming back until the numbers (infected or dying) have dropped massively. It’s b******s. We’ll see.”