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Derbs Looking to Step Up

Derbs Looking to Step Up

Matt Derbyshire may be over stepping the mark but has been bold in
declaring he would love to follow Blackburn best technical player David Bentley in to the full England squad.

'To follow in his footsteps and get a senior cap for England at some
point in the future would be superb
,' revealed Derbyshire. 'But I'm
concentrating more on my club football at the moment and next season is a big one for me. Hopefully, I can do what I did last season.

He added: 'I was delighted for Bents when he got called up. I've been
texting him every day to see how it's going.

'He had a brilliant season for us and he fully deserves his chance at
senior level.

'I just hope he gets the chance to show what he can do in the next week
or so, and if he does then there's no reason why he can't do well.

Now correct me if I'm wrong but about this time last year Bentley was
saying exactly the same thing, i.e. concentrate on my club football and see what happens... and look where we are now.

Personally I think that he is a couple of years away from that sort of
level, but stranger things have happened, Matty has scored goals
wherever he has played. If he keeps doing it well into next year, McClaren may find it hard to ignore him too long, not matter how useless McClaren actually is.

This article was written by MikeyGamst

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday June 4 2007
Time: 10:46AM


True this is ambitious thinking from Derbs but I doubt it will be too long before he is considered. If he can step up next season and continue to score goals then I am confident it won't be long unitl he is the squad. He is a different striker to what is on offer to Eng at the moment!
04/06/2007 10:51:00
Given the dearth of strikers that england have that score consistently and stay fit or both... (Owen, Smith, Bent, AJ), the suprise option could be called up sooner than we think. Derbyshire has let NOONE down so far.
04/06/2007 11:13:00
If he wants the England Call, he needs an amazing season next year or all the current england strikers to get the Ebola virus. IMO he is very well down the pecking order ATM and it would take quite a lot to change it
04/06/2007 12:04:00
well im glad to see the guy is ambitious if he wants to get in the england squad then he has to prove himself at club level so if he does that consistently then its all good for rovers but i think he is quality and under sparkys guidance can only improve as a striker
durks de rover
04/06/2007 12:33:00
well he has made it into the England U21's mate so it is proof that the talent has been noticed....
04/06/2007 12:54:00
Good luck to derbs and bentley, and warnock for that matter. Who knows in a few years we could have a few players in the pommy first team, good luck to them. They might be able to join your ashes squad also hehehehe
04/06/2007 13:26:00
Pommy!?!? come on sasman we all know the real name for the England team is the top4 and Spurs elite XI
04/06/2007 13:47:00
Top 4 & some Spurs and Toon Squad Vs Estonia Wednesday!
04/06/2007 15:11:00
Mcclaren is more predictable than the seasons! I foresee little danger of a derbs callup whilst he is in charge
04/06/2007 18:08:00
Would anyone else love to see Steve Coppell give the england managers job a crack??? I think he would be terrific.
04/06/2007 19:45:00
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