Date:Saturday May 26 2007
It seemed like it was never going to happen but today we can raise a glass for David Bentley, Rovers` player of the year, as he has earned his first full call-up to the England squad.
Following another sterling display in an England shirt on Friday playing for the England 'B` team, Steve McClaren has finally doe what everyone has been crying out for him to do and select Bentley for full honours.
Before I continue, I also want to say well done to McClaren for finally growing a spine and re-calling David Beckham, although this may hamper Bentley`s chances of playing, and for also including Nicky Shorey in the squad.
This is call-up for Bents is just reward for a terrific season where he participated in 51 of Rovers` 53 games, scoring seven goals. His distribution and range of passing and vision from Rovers` right flank has been a key to the clubs success this term. We can only hope that he will be given a chance to represent his form for country in the forth coming friendly against Brazil or in the qualifier against Estonia.
His performance against Albania on Friday at Turf Moor must have been the proverbial icing on the cake for McClaren. His performance finally caught the eye of England`s 'visionary` manager.
Let`s just hope there isn`t any kind of Matt Jansen luck waiting for Bents and he will can become the first Rover since David Dunn in 2002 to play for England!
Full England squad:
Goalkeepers: Robinson (Tottenham), Carson (Liverpool), Green (West Ham).
Defender: P Neville (Everton), R Ferdinand (Man Utd), Terry (Chelsea), Bridge (Chelsea), Brown (Man Utd), Carragher (Liverpool), Dawson (Tottenham), King (Tottenham), Shorey (Reading).
Midfielders: Beckham (Real Madrid), Gerrard (Liverpool), Jenas (Tottenham), J Cole (Chelsea), Lennon (Tottenham), Bentley (Blackburn), Carrick (Man Utd), Lampard (Chelsea), Downing (Middlesbrough), Dyer (Newcastle).
Forwards: Crouch (Liverpool), Owen (Newcastle), Smith (Man Utd), Defoe (Tottenham).
Date:Saturday May 26 2007
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