I have been listinging to Talk Sport over the past few days and there are split feelings over whether David Bentley was right to pull himself out of the England U21 squad.
His reason, tiredness. He says after playing a 60 game season he needs the 4 weeks rest to ensure that he gives himself the best opportunity to perform at his peak at club level (who pay his wages) for next season, with the intentions of impressing for the full international side.
Stuart Pearce is not happy at all and because of the late decision to pull out, the squad has been left a man short. Not only that but Bentlye was one of his best players and it's difficult to win tournaments without your best players.
Its a tricky one to call. At the end of the day its Davids decision and only he knows his body.
However I don't feel that sorry for these multi millionaires who claim fatigue after a 60 game season having the best diets, physios, equipment, pitches and 'work' on average for only 3-4 hours a day if that!
Another point to consider is that if this was the full international side he would have travelled with the squad? which kind of contradicts his reasons for not going with the U21's.
Has 'club' completely taken over from the honour of 'Country'