Very fair and thoughtful posting Alpha.
I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment and both posts.
I was surprised with the team sheet but didn't feel drawn emotionally either way. I don't know either lad personally, how they've dealt with the situation, how they've worked in training, who else was responsible. I don't really know enough of the details to write either person off as a human being.
I've done some awful things in my 20s that could have easily, but didn't, lead to terrible consequences. I feel lucky about that and I've had to grow up.
I imagine Bennett and Lawrence are going through a world of hurt right now and if Cocu thinks they should be in the squad I have to trust his deeper understanding of the situation and hope they play well for everyone's sake.