Bentley honour at Becks link
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Bentley has admitted his honour at comparisons to David Beckham.
Blackburn Rovers winger David Bentley has admitted his honour at comparisons to former England captain David Beckham.
Bentley has recently been described as 'Blackburn's Beckham' by team-mate Shabani Nonda after some excellent displays on the right and also his delivery from set-pieces.
Nonda told the Lancashire Telegraph: "We have many quality players here, but David's something special. You can see what a good player he is.
"I call him 'our Beckham'. No two players are the same, but there is a bit of Beckham about him with the way he crosses the ball and the style he possesses.
"If he carries on training hard and turning in good performances, there's no reason why he can't go on and play for England.
"He's still young and he has the talent to do it, and England need to bring in young players."
Bentley is keen to force his way into the Steve McClaren's England squad, and knows comparisons to Beckham can only improve his chances.
"He was England captain, a great player who played at the highest level for 10 years," Bentley said.
"So to be compared to someone like that is an honour for me. I can only hope my own career is as successful as his."
Meanwhile, Blackburn manager Mark Hughes says he is happy for referees "to show a little bit of character" following Paul Jewell's criticism of Phil Dowd's conduct towards the Wigan players.
"Obviously it is in the rules that players aren't allowed to swear or use abusive language towards referees, although there is a bit of leeway given," Hughes said.
"From my own point of view, sometimes it can be good if referees show a little bit of character and stand for no nonsense.
"If you think of some of the older referees there was always some banter with the players. I think it was better because of that, but the rules are in place."
The Rovers boss added: "I wasn't privy to what language was used, but if they feel it's something they need to pursue then that's their decision."