'It's about money' - Exclusive: Danny Mills reacts to Danny Rose's Instagram blast

Danny Mills suggested footballers have been unfairly treated by the UK government after Newcastle United defender Danny Rose blasted calls for the season to restart.

The former Leeds United and Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed players are being “coerced” back into playing for financial reasons.

The Premier League aims for clubs to be back in training from tomorrow under the strict guidelines outlined in a 40-page document last week.

The foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, suggested the return of the UK’s favourite sport would “lift the spirits of the nation”.

Danny Rose, speaking to Lock’Don Live on Instagram, said he did not “give a f*** about the nations’ morale” if it meant putting his life at risk.

When asked by Football Insider if the England international had every right to be angry with the government’s position, Mills said: “I understand what Danny Rose was saying. I think he could have worded it better.

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“Remember that footballers were pilloried at the start of this when they were refusing to take wage cuts when people were getting furloughed and everything else.

“They were outed by the government and made out to be the bad boys of all of this. They were made to look greedy but now it has flipped on its head.

“Footballers are being coerced back before everybody else for ‘the good of the morale of the country’. It is about money.”

YouGov poll asked people whether football’s return would boost their morale, 73% of those who participated said it would not.

Earlier this month it was revealed that four Premier League club doctors expressed concerns about the resumption of the season amid the coronavirus.

In other Newcastle United news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider big name is unlikely to be available for the rest of the season.