Darren Bent admits he has mixed feelings after Newcastle United loanee Danny Rose delivered his thoughts on the possible return of the Premier League.
The former Tottenham striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists there were some things he did not agree with in the 29-year-old’s expletive-laden verdict.
The Newcastle loanee, speaking during an Instagram live video and quoted by talkSPORT, tore into the prospect of returning to play during the Coronavirus pandemic.
He rubbished the Government’s suggestion that football should come back to boost the country’s morale, insisting that the death rate needs to fall “massively” first.
Bent believes that boosting the spirits of fans is important but that he agrees that the health and safety of everyone must be the priority.
Bent told Football Insider: “As far as the morale comment, I don’t agree with that one bit because I think the nation’s morale needs to be heightened.
“When morale’s good, I think people will want to work harder, go a little bit further and when morale’s high it’s just a real feel-good factor.
“But in regards to the fact that people are still dying and football’s not the most important thing, then yeah, I agree 100 per cent, he’s totally right. The way people have acted is like: ‘Football comes before anything.’
“He’s made the point where it’s like: ‘Well hold on, people are still dying out there – it’s not like there’s no cases and we’ve been given the all-clear.’
“Everyone’s still second-guessing, still wondering how long this is going to go on. The fact we’re pushing football into people’s faces, I understand what he means.”
Speaking on Instagram, Rose said: “The government is saying bring football back because it’s going to boost the nation’s morale, I don’t give a f*** about the nation’s morale.
“Football shouldn’t even be spoken about coming back until the numbers have dropped massively. It’s b*******.”
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