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Hughes' Warnock Surprise

Hughes' Warnock Surprise

Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes has expressed his surprise that Stephen Warnock wasn't named in Fabio Capello's provisional 30-man England squad. However, he was delighted to see David Bentley named not only in that, but the final 23-man squad as well.

Warnock has had a few downers this season but on the whole he has been superb (as he has since his arrival from Liverpool) so Hughes was very surprised to see him left out of this squad, even more so after Capello would've seen the left-back first hand when we played Aston Villa recently, that he didn't give him a call.

Hughes told the Official Blackburn Rovers Website: "My understanding was that Mr Capello was at our game against Villa last week and I have to say that I thought Stephen Warnock was, along with probably Andre Ooijer, our outstanding performer on the day.

"So he's obviously seen what Stephen can do, but I guess the other left-backs must be playing exceptionally well at the moment

However, Sparky was delighted with the inclusion of Bentley and believes that after the hard work, effort and quality that Bents has shown over the past 18-months to two-years he now deserves his first start for England after two substitute appearances. If he gets this Sparky believes that Bents can make the right-sided midfield position his own.

Hughes added: "We're delighted for David.

"It's been the result of consistent performances over an 18-month to two-year period we feel. He's consistently hit a level that's enabled him to shine in games for us and, in fairness, when he's been involved in squads with England before.

"What we hope now is that he's going to get an opportunity to start games and if that's the case, then we have great confidence that David will be able to make that right-hand side of the field for England his own.

"He just needs the opportunity to start games and if he does, then people will see the quality that he could offer


Date:Monday February 4 2008
Time: 10:16AM


Stevie W was VERY unlucky not to have made the 30-man squad at least, but hopefully if he keeps playing well as Rovers WILL be watched regularly (due to Bents) he WILL get noticed, the same applies to Derbs and Dunny as well.
Bents MUST start this friendly, he has been deserving of this for some time now. I think that he is now showing just WHY it was the right thing for him to have not taken part in the European Under-21 Championships last summer, some people still see this as a betrayal of England (which is wasn't) but if Capello gives him a run of games they will soon change their minds!!!
Hughes Da Man
04/02/2008 10:18:00
Better than shorey IMO, so should of been in the 30 man one, probably not got the experience of the chelsea boys though so probably would of been cut anyway. SO makes little difference.
04/02/2008 10:44:00
Surely it would have made a difference though dude wouldn't it?!?! He wouldn't have made the final 23-man squad I agree, but being part of the 30-man squad (which I honestly think he deserved) would have at least had him thinking he was in Fabio Capello's thoughts?
Hughes Da Man
04/02/2008 10:51:00
Great news for bents to make the cut, congrats, well deserved, warnock has been unlucky, but the big boys will always get there lads in ahead of ours....
04/02/2008 10:58:00
bentley can deliver awesome crosses. looking to seeing him shine in the number 7 jersey.
04/02/2008 12:01:00
better than wayne bridge proved to be for england recently i'll wager
04/02/2008 14:54:00
also.. heres to hoping bents starts over dwarfish swp
04/02/2008 15:27:00
I can see why he wasnt included as the left back club is a bit of a closed shop. Cole and Bridge... Warny just needs to keep on doing his thing and he'll start to make inroads. I agree with peeps though that he is better than Shorey.
04/02/2008 20:51:00
I quite like Bentley, i agree that he makes some great crosses. Well done, well deserved bents, good luck
05/02/2008 10:06:00
But if Bridge CAN'T get the the Chelsea side regularly HOW can he be picked for England?!?!
Hughes Da Man
05/02/2008 10:22:00
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