Date:Friday December 21 2007
Blackburn Rovers midfielder David Bentley has his sights on impressing new England manager Fabio Capello and aims to prove that the David Beckham era really is over.
Beckham has been superb for England over the years and although he has the utmost respect for him Bentley (and others of course) believes that it is time for him to be moved on (after he gets his 100th cap) and he is the man to do it.
Bentley told The Sun: "I really admire David for everything he's done in football but I want to be breathing down his neck.
"I believe I should be in the England team instead of him. Any footballer has to think like that."
Bents admits that Capello probably doesn't even know who he is but he has vowed to make him sit up and take notice as he wants the right-sided midfield spot in the England International side to himself, so he not only wants to dislodge Beckham but the other potential suitors for that roll too.
He also said: "I don't think Capello knows who I am but he will do - I will make sure of that.
"It's time for me to perform. I'm confident enough I will force my way into the team. It's my job to stop David Beckham. That has to be my aim and I don't think David would argue with that.
"Don't get me wrong, I will be delighted for him if he gets the 100 because he's a top bloke and a great player. If he does reach the 100, I hope he gets it by coming on for me after I've had a stormer."
Bents has been in superb form over the past year or so, and fully deserves a run in the England side, some people still CAN'T get passed the England Under-21 thing (which all along I have said I've seen both sides, but it WASN'T the "snub" on England that so many people seem to think it was) but it is quality that we want in the side and there are not many better than Bents.
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Date:Friday December 21 2007
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