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Rooney hails Blackburn winger as ‘new Beckham’

But will the old Beckham get another look-in for England? It’s generally acknowledged that Blackburn’s David Bentley was the stand-out performer for England on Wednesday night, with the Daily Telegraph reporting that Wayne Rooney is full of praise for his international team-mate.

“I think David Bentley did really well; he is like a young David Beckham; the vision and the confidence he has are brilliant,” Wayne Rooney reflected.

“You’ve seen the way Becks has played; over the years he has been fantastic for England but, if you see Bentley, he is always looking for options, always looking for someone to cross to. He created a couple of chances for me and, as a forward, that’s all you can ask for.”

It doesn’t appear that the Manchester United striker is overly bothered that Fabio Capello decided to leave Beckham out of the provisional 30-man squad. Will the rise of Bentley continue to keep the LA Galaxy winger out of the squad or will he end up earning his 100th cap somewhere down the line?

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