Danny Rose has launched a furious tirade against plans to bring back Premier League football, insisting it should be far from a priority.
The UK government confirmed on Monday that professional sport cannot resume until at least June 1, with plans now being put in place to resume fixtures by June 12.
But Rose – who is on loan at Newcastle from Tottenham – says it would be ridiculous to bring football back until COVID-19 cases drop significantly.
“The government wants to bring football back because it is going to boost the nation’s morale,” he said in an Instagram live session.
“I don’t give a f*** about the nation’s morale. People’s lives are at risk. Football shouldn’t even be spoken about coming back until the numbers have dropped massively.
“It’s b******s. We’ll see. I’m supposed to be tested on Friday, so we will just have to wait and see.
“I’m sad people are getting sick and being affected but football should be the last of things that needs to get sorted.”
The Bundesliga is the only one of Europe’s top-five leagues to be close to a return, with matches due to be held from May 16.