For David Bentley, England’s friendly international against Switzerland on Wednesday would be a great chance to silence his critics and convince the England supporters that he is still committed to playing for his national team. Bentley made his debut for England last year but as booed by the England fans for his infamous decision not to play for his nation in the U21 European Championship last summer.
Setanta Sports quotes the 23-year old playing as saying that he is ready to face and opposition from the stand and will let his football do the talking:
Look you can get wound up by that stuff and let it kill you, or you can decide you’re not going to take yourself too seriously. I know people want me to be repentant about what happened when I pulled out of the Under 21s but the fact is, it happened, and I can’t do anything about it now. I got booed and again I can’t change that. If I’m honest, I’m none too bothered. I know that’s not the politically correct answer, but my philosophy is simple – why beat myself up about things I can’t change? It’s all about performances on the pitch. I want to show I can talk the talk and walk the walk. The challenge for me is to get into the team and stay there. I’ve got to prove myself on the international stage to a degree so I’m not going on England duty, joining up and being with the squad unless I believe in yourself.
Brave words indeed but will Bentley be able to take it should the entire crowd turn on against him during the match?