Dunn urged to copy Scholes

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David Dunn has lifted the lid on life under Graeme Souness at Blackburn Rovers, and admitted he has been urged to study Paul Scholes by manager Steve Bruce in a bid to earn an England recall.

The stocky Birmingham City midfielder has been impressive in Blues' outstanding start to the season, and did not look out of place amongst Chelsea's millionaires in Tuesday's goalless draw with the West Londoners.

"I'm enjoying my football again after a difficult time at Blackburn, but realise I need an outstanding season to get back in the England squad," he told The Guardian.

"I watched the game against Turkey in a bar back in Blackburn, but I want to be there myself at Euro 2004.

"The gaffer (Bruce) has told me he's going to get a pair of tickets to a (Manchester) United game so we can just sit in the stands and watch Paul Scholes.

"His aim is for me to study him and then play like him. He wants me to learn about how he positions himself and gets on the ball in the last third of the field."

Dunn admits he found it difficult at Blackburn after Souness announced that he was prepared to sell the talented midfield man.

"If he felt like that, he could have pulled me into his office and talked to me, but finding out from the television really hurt," he admitted.

"I thought I deserved better than that. I went to see him and he couldn't explain why he had said those things. Maybe he said it to motivate me and it backfired.

"I used to do everything he told me when I was younger, but then I grew up and developed my own opinions and maybe he didn't like that.

"I felt I was treated badly, but I am not naive enough to think that doesn't happen in football.

"I would be quite happy to shake his hand."