Steve Bruce told Danny Rose he needed to 'word things a bit better' after the Newcastle United loanee previously branded Project Restart a 'f****** joke'.

The Magpies' defender made his feelings clear on the prospect of top-flight football returning behind closed doors in an Instagram Live Q&A with Don Dada last week.

Rose said the idea of football being played should not be talked about 'until the numbers have dropped massively' and he did not 'give a f*** about the nation's morale' after foreign secretary Dominic Raab previously said it could 'lift the spirits of the nation'.

"I didn't think too much to it and then I was having my breakfast the next day and I saw Steve Bruce come up on my phone," he told the Lockdown Tactics podcast.

"I was like, 'Oh no!' I let it ring for 30 seconds and then thought, 'Nah, I need to answer this'. So I've gone into the room and yeah I spoke to him and he just said, 'I need to word things a bit better if I'm going to do things like that'.

"He explained the measures they're going to try and make everything safe but, yeah, obviously I've seen the headlines and we do as footballers and people in the public eye have a platform and maybe I could have worded what I said a bit better but I do feel exactly how you're feeling.

"Six weeks ago, Matt Hancock was saying footballers need to half their wages and then, six weeks later, we're needed to hopefully try and entertain people so people need to make their minds up. It's one or the other."

Newcastle players are returning to training at Benton for the first time in more than nine weeks after phase one of Project Restart was voted through by Premier League clubs.

Up to 10 members of the squad will train at the same time and they will be split into small groups to work in separate areas on two pitches to adhere to social distancing rules.

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Rose, who has donated tens of thousands of pounds to the NHS and £10,000 to the SafeLives and Chayn after Refuge domestic abuse charities, will be among those involved.

"We shouldn't forget that we are paying 50 per cent tax by the way and huge chunk of that is supposed to go to the NHS," he added.

"I fully agree that we should never have been put on the back foot where we felt that we may have needed to do something. If you do want to do something, great and you should choose where the money you earn goes to."