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Hughes Backs Bentley's Decision

Blackburn Rovers Boss Mark Hughes backed David Bentley's decision to pull out of the England Squad for the European Under-21 Championships at the time; he is doing it again (and more) now.

Bentley pulled out at the last minute due to fears he may suffer from fatigue during the 2007-2008 season if he didn't, as a result Rovers' Player of the Year was heavily criticised by Stuart Pearce (and many others) for consequently leaving the Squad a player down.

Obviously Hughes backed him at the time, and is doing so again saying how disappointed he was at the reaction he received, and is also hoping that the withdrawal will NOT hinder his chances of a Senior International call-up this season if it is merited.

Sparky told the Mirror:

"I was disappointed with the reaction of the management of England in questioning his decision and whether or not it has placed a question mark over him at senior level.

"We told them if he had a break it would benefit not just ourselves, but the England group as well.

"If he becomes an option for senior selection, like he did last season, then I hope people don't hold it against him. He'll play as well as last year, if not even better, and he's already looking sharper
."


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 22 2007

Time: 1:00AM

Your Comments

I could see both sides of the coin on this debate (as I said at the time) but if it was best for David Bentley, Blackburn Rovers, and ultimately England (at Senior level) for him to have pulled out it was the right thing to do.
I've worried how this might effected his chances of that Senior call-up he deserved for the WHOLE of last season, but if he plays like he has been then Stevie Mac CAN'T ignore him forever!!!
Hughes Da Man
Yeah, he definitely should be in the England squad, but will he? Steve will eventually come through let him have a game, and we know Dave will impress him, so i don't think it will affect him too much and definitely not as much as fatigue this season if he played, would have affted his chances.
roverjoy
Bents would ONLY have pulled out of the Under-21's if it was for the best of EVERYONE, so it will be the best thing he could have done when all is said and done.
Stevie Mac is a lot of things (a good manager isn't one of them though!!!) but he won;t shoot himself in the foot by leaving Bents out JUST because he withdrew from the Under-21's.
Hughes Da Man
 

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