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Blackburn's Bentley: Beckham in my sights

Blackburn Rovers midfielder David Bentley is determined to establish himself in Fabio Capello's England plans.

Bentley, who has targeted David Beckham's position on the right of midfield, said: "I don't think Capello knows who I am but he will do, I will make sure of that. I have to make an impression in every game, not just against Chelsea. But while I treat every game the same, it seems you are noticed more for what you do against the big clubs.

"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!

"I really admire David for everything he's done in football but I want to be breathing down his neck. I've a bit of banter with Becks. I tell him I'm the new Becks and better looking. Some players are in awe of him but he's just Becks to me.

"I believe I should be in the England team instead of him. Any footballer has to think like that. It's up to you, nobody can do it for you. If I don't get picked it will be nobody else's fault but my own. I know I'm good enough.

"We will start on a level playing field with Capello. We will all be judged on performance."

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