Date:Friday February 2 2007
Blackburn Rovers striker Matt Derbyshire has capped an incredible couple of months by gaining his first England under-21 call up; team mate David Bentley joins him.
New England under-21 boss Stuart Pearce has named Derbyshire for the first time and recalled Bentley after being omitted recently by former boss Peter Taylor for the friendly with Spain next week; taking place at Pride Park, home of Derby County on Tuesday.
Just a few years ago Derbyshire, a Rovers fan who turned down the opportunity of moves to Burnley, Everton and Manchester United as a youngster (not that he's not now!) opting instead to sign for Rovers for £20,000 was working at Ewood Park whilst playing part time with for Great Harwood Town.
Since his arrival he has scored goals throughout his development at all levels, also doing so during a loan spell with League Two side Wrexham last season. Injuries have handed Derbyshire his chance this season and he's taken it with a series of impressive displays and five goals in his last seven matches.
A man that I am less happy to see gain recognition for England is David Bentley, I say less happy, obviously playing for England at any level is an honour under-21 no different but I genuinely thought he'd done enough to earn a call up to the senior side for the first time for Wednesday's friendly with Spain, but Steve McClaren feels differently.
His recall to the under-21's is the least he deserves but even looking through my blue and white lenses I find it hard to think of a right sided player that has played better than David Bentley this season, certainly as consistently as he has? Shaun Wright-Phillips has been in and out of the Chelsea side, Aaron Lennon has been very good again when I've seen him but seems to have suffered a lot of injuries.
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