Former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur Midfielder Retires

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Journeyman ends playing career at the age of 29.

David Bentley has called time on a career of unfulfilled potential.

The 29-year-old played for seven different clubs – Arsenal, Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers, Tottenham Hotspur, Birmingham City, West Ham United and FC Rostov.

At one point, Bentley was tipped as England’s natural replacement for David Beckham, but he represented the Three Lions just seven times at senior international level.

He did not win any major trophies, but he picked up a runners-up medal in the 2009 League Cup – after missing a penalty in the final defeat to Manchester United.

Bentley’s career highlights include bagging a hat-trick for Blackburn in a 4-3 win at Old Trafford in 2006 and winning a Goal of the Month award for a stunning long-range strike for Spurs in a 4-4 draw at Arsenal in October 2008.

He played just one Premier League game for Arsenal and 26 during while on loan at Norwich, scoring twice for the Canaries.

Then came a move to Blackburn, for whom he eventually made 107 appearances in three spells at Ewood Park.

Spurs bought Bentley from Blackburn for £15m in 2008, but he left White Hart Lane 12 months ago, having scored just two goals in 42 top-flight matches.

He was sent out on loan four times during his Tottenham career.

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