Date:Saturday September 8 2007
Blackburn Rovers midfielder David Bentley made his senior England International debut against Israel on Saturday Evening, unfortunately this was met by a chorus of boos to his almost every touch.
Bentley came on as late substitute in England's 3-0 European Championship Qualifier win, replacing the impressive Shaun Wright-Phillips (who showed EXACTLY why Steve McClaren opted for him over Bents in the first place) but unfortunately sections of the crowd were still bitter at his late withdrawal from the England Under-21 squad that went to the European Under-21 Championships earlier in the summer.
This reaction was almost expected as at the time of his withdrawal it was net met with much approval at all, the complete opposite with VERY little support and a MASS grilling from all sections (even though Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor got off lightly!!!) It did disappoint me at the time it happened (his Under-21 withdrawal) as I could see both sides of the argument (even though I think that most people are viewing the way they reacted to Bents differently to how the would have Bents withdrawn to benefit the particular club THEY supported!!!) so to a small degree you have to see where this reaction Saturday Evening was coming from. However, I am not a fan of booing people and personally feel it carried on for too long (before eventually dying off), but it is now out of the way so it SHOULD be the first and last time we see this happening to him?!?!
The match itself was OK for England, nothing special, but not bad (which was something that I feared after recent performances) the most important things was getting the job done, and a 3-0 win did just that but the Russian's will be MUCH tougher on Wednesday. I wonder if Bents can win his second cap then???
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Date:Saturday September 8 2007
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