Noel Whelan claims there are “only two options” for footballers ahead of a restart after West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell called for players to vote on whether they should return.

The former Leeds United and Coventry forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested players will not get paid if they refuse to play despite the health concerns that surround ‘Project Restart’.

Premier League clubs return to training today after a two-month hiatus with fixtures scheduled to resume in early June after the government gave the green light for sports to return in two weeks.

Troy Deeney, Danny Rose and Sergio Aguero are three of a number of the division’s players who have voiced serious concerns about returning.

On his Twitter account, Aaron Cresswell backed Sam Allardyce’s call for a players’ poll on whether they should return next month.

When asked by Football Insider if players should be afforded a vote on the issue, Whelan said: “They will come back. It is as simple as that.

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“You can have a poll, do whatever you want.

“Footballers have a choice. You either come back and play football in this safe environment or you can make the decision to stay at home but not get paid. They are the only two options that players have.

“You would like to think that if it is safe then all players should be on board. By the looks of it, most players want to come back and play – it is what they love.

“I would be there with a click of the fingers. It is what you would want as a player.”

Four Premier League club doctors revealed their concern with the plans to restart the season earlier this month.

However, the English top-flight, with the government’s blessing, hopes to follow in the footsteps of the Bundesliga.

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