Bentley retires from Football at age 29
In an emotional interview with Sky Sports News, former Spurs midfielder David Bentley has announced his retirement from football - explaining he had “given up on football.”
June 13th, 2014
Once widely tipped as the heir to David Beckham’s England right wing, a young Bentley had the technique, the looks, a similar name and, at times, the goal scoring touch; meaning that he was seen in the eyes of England fans as a prospect to replace Beckham. A notable hat trick in his first game for Blackburn Rovers against Manchester United was a high point. The scouts loved him as a teen and the media loved telling us he was the next big thing. However, like so many others the midfielder suffered from a string of injuries which meant he never developed into the player that he, and we as England fans had hoped he could be.
Achieving seven England caps, Bentley flourished at youth level but never at senior, and today announced his retirement in an emotional interview on Sky Sports News. Bentley explained: “I’ve given up football. It’s over a year since I played my last game and I’ve taken the decision to take my life in a different direction. I felt like it was time to call it a day.”
Bentley also offered his views on social media within the game stating: “It’s a little bit robotic, the social media side of it, the money that has come into the game. I hate to say it, but it’s made it boring and predictable – calculated – and to go and sign another three or four years into that wasn’t really an option for me.”
Explaining that he had no regrets, the Peterborough-born midfielder has three-month old twins and a four-year old now to focus on: a tougher challenge than any World Cup game. We wish him well.