Blackburn Rovers midfielder David Bentley has shrugged the boos that came his way for England and at Chelsea last week.

"I think other people are more bothered about it than I am," said Bentley. "People get booed in football all the time, and at the moment it's me.

"I was just so happy to be playing that I didn't dwell on it.

"I noticed them doing it and I gave them a little clap, (as if to say) well done.

"At the end of the day, you want players with character, not robots.

"If we ever get to a semi-final or the final of a major tournament, you want players who can stand up and not hide. You want players who get out there and try to change a game without fear.

"I wasn't going to let it affect my day. It happened to Frank Lampard (right), too."

The ex-Arsenal trainee added: "It carried on at Chelsea as well. I don't think a lot of the fans really know why they're booing me.

"But if it takes the pressure off the rest of the guys, then cool.

"I must admit I don't understand it. You're an England fan, surely you support whoever is playing for you, out-sing the opposing fans and get behind the players?

"It's weird that some of the fans seem to dislike a lot of the players and think we aren't trying or something.

"The problem is that I think a lot of fans don't form their own opinions, they just read the newspapers and take that as gospel."