Everton and France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has urged people to wake up to the severity of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 30-year-old is currently back at home in Strasbourg along with his wife and young child, having returned to France following surgery on a serious knee injury.
Schneiderlin says footballers will play until August if necessary – but people have to heed the advice of authorities on curbing the spread of Covid-19.
“It is a tragic situation,” Schneiderlin told RMC Sport.
“I speak a lot with my mother who tells me it is a very difficult time for people who are working in hospitals, how much it takes from them mentally and physically. I try to support her as much as possible.
“People told me it was a bit relaxed [back in England], that they hadn’t really realised how serious it was. They finally realised.
“But like in France, not everybody is respecting the rules given by the Prime Minister. It’s going to take a little time for it to get into people’s heads.
“They will adapt as they go along and see they have no choice but to stay at home given the seriousness of the matter.”
Source: News update