Wayne Rooney believes it’s ‘too soon’ for Premier League and Championship action to resume.
Fixtures in the Premier League and EFL have been suspended for over two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have been back in training for the past two weeks, though Nuno Espirito Santo and his staff have had to ensure social distancing rules are adhered to.
Wolves are involved in discussions with top-flight bosses and other clubs about the Project Restart plan.
Clubs voted on Monday to resume training in small groups after the government gave the go-ahead for sporting events to return for broadcast behind closed doors next month.
Further votes will take place but Rooney is calling for the brakes to be applied to return proposals until social distancing guidelines change.
The former Manchester United and England captain, who now plies his trade with Derby County in the second tier, wrote in The Sunday Times: “I’m desperate to train and play again, but it feels like football in England is being pushed to return too soon.
“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.”
Several Premier League players have spoken out against resuming the campaign in the coming weeks, raising health and safety concerns.
Rooney added: “I understand where Troy Deeney, Danny Rose and Raheem Sterling are coming from.
“The concern is not so much for ourselves, like whether you might pick up an injury, but more about bringing coronavirus home and infecting those around us. People’s lives are at risk.”