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Blackburn's Bentley shrugs off England boos

Blackburn Rovers midfielder David Bentley insists he's ready to start for England tomorrow night against Switzerland.

And rather than dwelling on the jeers that greeted his international debut at Wembley in September after he snubbed a summer tournament with England Under-21s, he is looking forward to the challenge.

"Look, you can get wound up by that stuff and let it kill you, or you can decide you're not going to take yourself too seriously," the Rovers midfielder told the Mirror.

"I know people want me to be repentant about what happened when I pulled out of the under-21s, but the fact is, it happened, and I can't do anything about it now. I got booed, and again I can't change that.

"If I'm honest, I'm none too bothered. I know that's not the politically correct answer, but my philosophy is simple; why beat myself up about things I can't change? Why take myself so seriously?

"I want to be successful, and I care about my football. But it isn't my whole life. I want to enjoy my life, all aspects of it."

Bentley, 23, is relishing the chance Capello's arrival will give to all the players.

"It's all about performances on the pitch. I want to show I can talk the talk and walk the walk," he added. "The challenge for me is to get into the team and stay there. I've got to prove myself on the international stage to a degree so I'm not going to get too carried away.

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