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Blackburn's Bentley ready for England boos

Blackburn Rovers midfielder David Bentley is ready to be booed by England fans this week.

"If I make my debut and am booed on Saturday I'll take it in good heart," said Bentley, who received hate mail after rejecting England's U21 European Championship squad. "I'll just get on with my job. If people want to knock you then you have to be strong enough to get out there and do it, especially when you are playing for England.

"It can be the biggest mental block in the world and you can suffer for the whole game, but I definitely won't be like that.

"I showed that when I played in the England B game. It was my debut, I was playing under McClaren with a lot of first-team players and I could have buckled, but I showed I can be an England player.

"Playing for England is the pinnacle of what I am trying to achieve in life, so I am not going to let anyone else jeopardise that. I'll be giving 100 per cent.

"I love my country. Going to Wembley is the symbol of our football and you should go there to support our country. Even if England are losing 3-0 you must sing and support us because you don't want another country getting the upper hand on us.

"When the fans booed Frank Lampard at Wembley I couldn't believe it. He has been one of the best Premier League players in the last decade, a really good England player and a great professional. We should support our country and love it. We should have 90,000 people at Wembley singing their hearts out."

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