5/27/08

David Bentley admits it's tough to get Beckham's shirt

David Bentley already knew that taking David Beckham's place on the England team was hard enough, even before the Los Angeles Galaxy star began scoring goals from 70 meters.

David Beckham has flown into London where England meets the United States at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.

While Beckham is expected to make his 101st appearance, Bentley hopes that before too long he will take his place on the right side of midfield on a regular basis.

"The levels he's reached in his career are so high. I really respect him but I'm here to take his place," said the Blackburn winger, who has played four times for his country.

"David Beckham is loved by the world, by everyone. I admire him really highly as a man and as a player. It will be difficult to get past him. He's got everything. But I will be trying my hardest, doing the best I can and we'll see what happens."

"I have to keep performing and playing to a high level and keep working hard," he said Monday. "The levels David has reached are fantastic, but I know I have to go every day to training and be aiming to reach those levels and go higher. You want to push yourself on to the next level and I'll be looking to play as many games as I can to push on to the next step.

source iht.com

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