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Bentley: I'm Feeling Fit

Blackburn Rovers midfielder David Bentley has admitted that he is feeling the benefits of his decision to withdraw from the England Under-21's in the summer, so again he is backing this decision.

We have covered the ground on Bentley's decision to withdraw from the England squad for the European Under-21 Championships time after time, some agreed with it, others didn't but I would suggest that most have now agreed to at least disagree on this matter!!! However, Bents is still standing by this decision and he believes that he is reaping the benefits of this.

Bentley told the Daily Express: "I only made the decision I made for the benefit of my football career. By making that decision, I wanted to make sure I was in the best condition possible to play in the Premier League or the highest level.

"And I'm feeling fit. That is what you want at this stage of the season - to be fresh and fit
."

As well as this Bents also offered his opinion on FIFA President Sepp Blatter's plans to limit the number of foreign players each team can have (you may have seen this on Football Focus on Saturday lunchtime?!?!), something that he is opposed too as he believes that the overseas players that have come into the English game have benefited it.

He added: "You hear people moaning about the detriment of foreign players to the English game.

"But all the players coming in has made it better. It has made the level of performances better, so English players are better footballers.

"You don't want 100 average English players in the Premier League, you want 30 brilliant ones. I believe the talent has gone up and I am part of that
."

As an Englishman I want to see what is best for England, so long as the overseas infiltration doesn't become detrimental to this (which personally I don't think it is!) then I'm happy with how things are.


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 9 2007

Time: 11:02AM

Your Comments

Bents certainly seems to be reaping the benefits of his withdrawal from the European Under-21 Championships doesn't he, and I DOUBT he would be as fresh, or performing as well as he is had he not done so.
People didn't like this but ultimately this HAS benefited Rovers as it will England next summer (providing we qualify for the European Championships!!!)
Hughes Da Man
It really has benifited us, hopefully he gets a run for england and shows what he is capable of. He would work perfectly with crouch up front, thats if he is fit and gets a run
sasman
Bents our best player by a mile just now..... Did anyone manage to find a recording of that wonderful piece of snazzy football against Birmingham by McCarthy? I have looked on u-tube. Any offers?
nut all
youtube doenst have anything anymore mate, some broadcasting case is going on and its huge so anything put up thats epl is taken down straight away
sasman
shocking that... youtube is losing the plot!!! which piece of skill are we reffering to??? he did quite a few. he was magnificent when he came on was Benni. On the subject of Bents he in the long run made the right decision.. some people didnt like it but its benefitted him no end.
MikeyGamst
nut all i reckon u keep an eye on showboat on soccer am to catch it again on saturday mornin! is it the one in the corner with the drag back and flick cos it was sweet!
durks de rover
nut all, it's on Rovers World if you're a member? Check the Mark Hughes interview I think.. Also re: Bentley. I've backed him all the way, and his current form proves he made the right, professional choice. But recently I was thinking about this and I thought, who really even cares about the U21 tournaments?? I bet you none of the people getting all irate about this even watched the thing. To me at least these tournaments are as much for the players' development and experience as anything else, and Bentley needed neither having already made the step up to full international consideration. Nobody went mad at Messi for not playing for Argentina in the Under 20 championship!!
martinr
oh yeah remember that one.. he did somet similar last year against Charlton at home if you remember.
MikeyGamst
hopefully the headline on Saturday will read "Bentley: I am starting the game"...
MikeyGamst
 

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