Peterborough Utd defender Ryan Bennett could be in line for a shock call-up to the England U21’s after Stuart Pearce was spotted at London Road last weekend.
Pearce watched Peterborough defeat Burnley 2-1 in the Championship and Posh Chairman Darragh MacAnthony ‘tweeted’ post match to reveal that a player from the club was the subject of his attention.
That added fuel to the fire that it was Bennett and the young defender has now spoken to the club’s website about the speculation.
“As a player I don’t pay any interest to speculation so the fact Stuart Pearce was in the stands doesn’t matter to me, in fact I didn’t even know he was there until when someone said after the game.”
He continued: “I think Burnley have three lads in their team who he was probably watching so it doesn’t mean anything to me.”
“It would be a big surprise to me if he was there watching me, the England under 21 squad is full of talent and any interest in me would be a complete shock.”
Bennett made the move to Peterborough in 2009 from Grimsby Town. He made over 100 appearances for the Mariners after graduating from their Apprenticeship programme.