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Blackburn's Bentley: England boos added to special day

Blackburn Rovers midfielder David Bentley has shrugged off the booing from England fans.

He told The Sun: "It was the best day of my life. I absolutely loved it and I'm still buzzing about it. I thought the boos were coming. To be honest, it was probably good entertainment if you're not on the receiving end.

"I was there making my England debut so I'm not worried about anyone else.

"When they started booing me I just clapped the fans because I really didn't mind. They were great throughout the game and got behind the team. That was the most important thing. I always wanted to make an impact when I made my debut for England - and I certainly did that!

"But it did not bother me because nothing could take away from the fact that I have achieved what I have always dreamed of - to play for my country. I've made some strong decisions in my career - like leaving Arsenal and, in particular, not to go with the under-21s this summer.

"But being picked in a big game like this for England makes it all worthwhile. I never, ever regret any decision and I've never regretted my decision about the under-21s. I knew I was doing the right thing for my career, for Blackburn and for my England future.

"This just shows that every decision I've made in my career was right because I've played for my country and I'm so proud.

"Now I just want to build on this. I'm not satisfied, I want more. I came on and got seven minutes and now I want to work even harder, push for a place in the team and if they boo me when that happens I'll happily take it.

"The manager has said that I will just have to get on with it and he's absolutely right - I will.

"The rest of the players were great, telling me not to worry about it. But I wasn't, I was too busy enjoying myself."

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