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Bents Out of Under-21 Squad

Bents Out of Under-21 Squad

Blackburn Rovers midfielder David Bentley has withdrawn from the England squad going to the European Under-21 Championships in Holland.

The under-21 Championships kick off this weekend, but England will start their campaign on Monday WITHOUT David Bentley!

After a superb season, which has seen Bentley come good (when some doubted his ability to do so) that also saw him voted the Rovers Player of the Year for 2006-2007, he was expected to finish it off with a strong England squad looking for glory in Holland.

However, the official Blackburn Rovers website have broke the new that Bents has withdrawn from this squad due to fatigue. After speaking with Stuart Pearce it was agreed that he would stay behind and not fly out with the rest of the squad when they leave today.

This will obviously be a blow to England's chances as a player of his quality will be hard to replace. It is somewhat of a surprise to me but if it is in ROVERS' best interests for this to happen it has to be done, as it is no good seeing him burnt out and unable to perform for us next season, even if it is to England's benefit this summer...


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Writer:Walker
Date:Friday June 8 2007
Time: 10:48AM

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I have to admit I am quite surprised at this, especially as his is only 21, but it just shows how much he has put into this season. It has been a long season, and in the long run it is MORE important that Rovers benefit than England but I didn't expect this at all. Maybe (not that I am trying to defend Stevie Mac!) this explains why he played no part in the England games recently?!?!
Hughes Da Man
08/06/2007 10:51:00
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This is good news for Rovers. He has sensibly taken a bit of time off. With our season starting earlier than everyone elses, we need him in good shape.
MikeyGamst
08/06/2007 11:18:00
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we certianly do Mikey Gamst! however perhaps it is a ploy to make himself available to Mclaren?
Ex Ewood Resident
08/06/2007 12:14:00
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Maybe, but the maniacs will have finished McClaren off by then...
MikeyGamst
08/06/2007 13:17:00
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Well Done David! this is akin to Sutton refusing to play for the B side. Good on him, hes voting with his feet. Its good news for us though!!! fit and raring to go next season! I think hes a little depressed and disapointed at not gaining his deserved first cap last week!
BomBom
08/06/2007 13:27:00
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is it a ploy or is it him spitting his dummy out?? Hughes may even have had a chat with him - rest b4 the intertoto cup. He def deserves his rest this yr, think he was involved in most of the games for Rovers this yr. He's a shoe in for the full team in the future anyway!!
Clint
08/06/2007 14:40:00
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Probably deserves his rest BUT i think to some degree this questions his international commitment and could possibly lead to him getting over looked in future england squads
Phartman87
08/06/2007 14:50:00
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I think he was involved in all but 2 wasnt he???? I think only Brad has played more.
MikeyGamst
08/06/2007 15:26:00
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BomBom - If this is indeed the case I would be bitterly disappointed with the guy! My thinking is now that maybe (as much as I HATE defending Stevie Mac!) he was left out of the senior side for this reason, the fatigue was showing?!?!
Hughes Da Man
08/06/2007 15:32:00
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Clint - I have no doubt that Sparky has had more than a word in Bents' ear (he was doing this weeks ago on this very subject) but I don't think it is a case of dummies being spat out, I would HOPE it is a genuine case of tiredness after a long season in which he was heavily involved.
Hughes Da Man
08/06/2007 15:34:00
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