Blackburn's Warnock: Bentley better for skipping U21 Euros

Blackburn Rovers fullback Stephen Warnock says teammate David Bentley has benefited from pulling out of England's U21 European Championship campaign.

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Bentley enraged England fans by withdrawing from the Under-21 squad for the European Championship.

When he was handed his England debut by Steve McClaren in last month's 3-0 win over Israel, he was booed by the Wembley crowd. But the 23-year-old has continued to go from strength to strength with a string of stunning displays for Rovers.

Warnock revealed: "He could have said he pulled a hamstring, but he had the strength to be honest. It's paying off. He's playing well because he had a break over the summer."

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