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Blackburn's Bentley ready for Beckham England challenge

England midfielder David Bentley admits he is under pressure to replace David Beckham at international level.

Blackburn ace Bentley produced an impressive campaign in the 2007/08 season to earn a place in manager Fabio Capello's squad for the two friendlies with Switzerland and France.

And having also been called into Capello's plans for Wednesday's meeting with USA at Wembley and the match against Trinidad & Tobago on 1st June, Bentley acknowledges he is under the spotlight.

"For someone like me, I'm just starting out in my international career, I have to prove a lot," the 23 year old said in a press conference.

"Every time I go out on the pitch I have a lot to prove to the media, the fans and the manager.

"I've got to perform every time. There is no point talking a good game I have to go out and perform."

Bentley, though, accepts he faces a difficult task in dislodging LA Galaxy star Beckham.

"He (Beckham) is loved by everyone. I admire him highly as a man and a player, but it will be difficult to get past him," added Bentley.

"He has got everything. I'll do my best and see what happens.

"The levels he has reached are so high, but I am here to take his place."

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