David Bentley hits out at the modern footballer: They're a brand

Former Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder David Bentley has opened up about his views on the current game following his retirement in June.

The 29-year-old who retired after falling out of love with the beautiful game, has criticised the lack of character and charisma in football, and has slammed the world's best players claiming 'they just do their job'.

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Mail, Bentley said: "Nowadays you don’t see character and charisma. Every team plays the same, every player does the same thing. You aren’t going to remember any of them.

"Even the best players in the world — they just do their job and they’re a brand, controlled by an army behind them.

"I was never really good at that. My flaw was I’d never touch my toes and take it like a good boy."

The former Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers and Spurs player's comments are really quite surprising considering we've just arguably seen one of, if not the, best World Cup tournament ever as teams like Columbia, Chile and Costa Rica played with this character and charisma that he claims football is lacking.

Playing this way and and without any real fear whatsoever were major factors in each of those teams progressing as far as they did in the tournament.

The seven-times capped England international's comments aren't all as mind boggling though, he went on to add: "It’s why England fail. That’s why we’ll never produce players. It’s about the mindset of the English game.

"When Neymar or Rodriguez go out on the field they’re relaxed. They love to play, with their heart. Young English players are mentally polluted so they can’t express themselves.

"England will always struggle at major tournaments until somebody comes in to change the whole system. I played at every England youth level going and it was exactly the same."

Dubbed the 'next David Beckham' in his youth, Bentley's career came to a whimpering end when he retired last month. The ex-pro struggled to live up to the early promise that saw him come through the youth ranks at Arsenal.

His best moment came at Blackburn where he scored 20 goals and provided 26 assists in 132 appearances, but a big £15 million move to Spurs is where his decline began.

The winger never replicated his Rovers form at White Hart Lane and was subsequently subject to a number of failed loan moves, before he bowed out of the game that apparently is not quite so beautiful.

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