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Wayne Rooney speaks out against football return being forced through "too soon"


Wayne Rooney has claimed players voicing their opinions are being ignored as English football is being “pushed to return too soon”.

Rooney, alongside a host of Premier League stars including Sergio Aguero, Glenn Murray and Danny Rose, has spoken out against football returning at the expense of player wellbeing.

‘Project Restart’ aims to resume games as early as 12 June while the Championship is targeting a return to training on 25 May.

Derby County skipper Rooney also admitted that he had not been contacted by the EFL or the PFA to gauge the mood of Rams players.

And the England icon insisted that a return to full training cannot occur until the government’s social distancing regulations are relaxed.

Rooney said he is “desperate to play” – but not until it is safe to do so

“I’m desperate to train and play again but it feels like football in England is being pushed to return too soon,” Rooney wrote in the Sunday Times.

“Our government says people can return to work but only with social distancing in the workplace and that does not work in football.

“So I don’t get it: until the government gives the green light to have physical contact, we can’t train or prepare properly.”

Watford captain Troy Deeney also voiced his concerns about football’s return last week.

The 31-year-old said he would not put his family’s health at risk by playing football and questioned how players can socially distance during a match.

Meanwhile, Steve Bruce believes Premier League stars are not being given enough time to return to fitness under Project Restart.

The Magpies boss claimed there is “no way” top-flight matches should resume until the end of June at the earliest.

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“You have to remember that they have had eight weeks off and that is probably the longest break some of these players have had in their careers,” Bruce told The Telegraph.

“If we were doing pre-season, we would have six weeks and probably have six friendly games to get them ready for the first league match.”

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