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Blackburn's Bentley not upset by boos

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."

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