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David Bentley

David Michael Bentley (born 27 August 1984) is an English association football who plays for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. as a Winger (soccer).

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David Bentley biography


David Michael Bentley (born 27 August 1984) is an English association football who plays for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. as a Winger (soccer).

Bentley started David Bentley career with Arsenal F.C., and despite being earmarked as one for the future, saw David Bentley playing opportunities limited by a strong senior squad. David Bentley spent two seasons on loan with Norwich City F.C. and Blackburn Rovers F.C., and sealed a permanent transfer to Rovers in January 2006. Bentley produced strong performances for David Bentley new club, and soon featured regularly for the England national under-21 football team. David Bentley made David Bentley England national football team international debut against Israel national football team in September 2007. In July 2008, Bentley joined Tottenham Hotspur. David Bentley spent time on loan to Birmingham City F.C. in 2011.

Club career

Arsenal

Born in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Bentley started David Bentley youth career at Wormley Football Club in Wormley, Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, before moving to Arsenal F.C. at the age of 13 as a striker, occasionally playing Hole (soccer). However, as seasons went by David Bentley found himself being used primarily in midfield, usually as a midfielder. By January 2003, David Bentley was handed David Bentley senior debut, coming on as a substitute for Kolo Touré in the 77th minute of a 2–0 FA Cup Third Round win over Oxford United F.C..

Bentley spent the whole of 2004–05 in English football on loan to Norwich City F.C., playing 26 league games and scoring two goals against Newcastle and Southampton. David Bentley season at Carrow Road was interrupted by an injury sustained in January. David Bentley returned to the side in April 2005, coming off the bench against Manchester United and playing a key role in Norwich's 2–0 win. Despite a late run of form, the Canaries were relegation from the Premier League on the last day of the season. Bentley returned to Arsenal in the summer of 2005, but submitted a transfer request, citing David Bentley desire for first team football. David Bentley later admitted David Bentley had been addicted to gambling in the early stages of David Bentley career, reaching a peak of placing 100 bets a day. David Bentley got over David Bentley problems in 2005.

Desiring a permanent move, Bentley was linked with a number of clubs including Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., before being dispatched on a further season's loan to Blackburn Rovers F.C. in August 2005.

Blackburn Rovers

In January 2006, Blackburn announced they had signed Bentley on a permanent basis from Arsenal. In David Bentley first match after permanently signing for Blackburn, David Bentley scored David Bentley first senior hat trick in a 4–3 victory against Manchester United, becoming the first player in the history of the Premier League to score three goals in one game against United.

The 2006–07 in English football season saw Bentley become more of a regular goalscorer for Rovers, including some stunning strikes in the Premiership. In Europe, a 25 yard volley against FC Red Bull Salzburg in the UEFA Cup helped secure Rovers' passage into the group stage, where David Bentley also scored a last minute winner against Wisła Kraków. Bentley's club performances attracted much transfer speculation. However, on 27 February 2007, despite being linked to a move to Manchester United, David Bentley agreed to a new contract that would keep David Bentley with Blackburn until 2011. Commenting on the new deal, Rovers manager Mark Hughes described Bentley as "a great talent with a big future" while Chairman John Williams added that David Bentley "is widely regarded as one of the best young footballers in the country."

Bentley recorded similar statistics in 2007–08 in English football, scoring eight goals and providing 13 assists. Bentley made David Bentley competitive debut on 16 August 2008 away at Middlesbrough F.C. where Spurs lost 2–1. David Bentley scored David Bentley first competitive goal for Spurs in the 2008-09 UEFA Cup first round tie against Wisła Kraków on 18 September 2008. David Bentley then scored David Bentley first league goal for Tottenham against David Bentley old club Arsenal with a 43-yard dipping volley in a 4–4 draw on 29 October 2008. Bentley's form would suffer at Tottenham, however, and after falling down the pecking order for both club and country, it was reported on 17 June 2009 that David Bentley was in talks to move to Aston Villa F.C.. Subsequently, it was revealed by Bentley and Aston Villa that this was untrue.

The form of Aaron Lennon meant that Bentley has mostly been used as a substitute for the start 2009–10 in English football season, although David Bentley did score a free kick in Tottenham's 9–1 victory over Wigan Athletic F.C., with the ball then going in off the back of Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland. David Bentley also scored the second goal from a free kick in a 2–0 home win over Fulham F.C. on 26 January 2010. In June, Bentley confirmed that, unless told otherwise, David Bentley would stay at White Hart Lane.

Birmingham City (loan)

On 12 January 2011, Bentley joined Birmingham City F.C. on loan for the remainder of the season. David Bentley went straight into the starting eleven for the Second City derby against Aston Villa F.C. and was named man of the match. Bentley scored David Bentley first goal for Birmingham in a 3–2 win against Coventry City F.C. in the fourth round of the 2010–11 FA Cup. Described in the Birmingham Mails season review as having "flattered to deceive", David Bentley failed to establish himself in the first team, and returned to Tottenham at the end of the season.

West Ham United (loan)

On 31 August 2011, Bentley signed a season-long loan deal with Football League Championship side West Ham United F.C.. David Bentley made David Bentley debut on 10 September 2011 in a 4–3 home win against Portsmouth F.C.. In October 2011, David Bentley was ruled out for six months following a knee operation and has subsequently returned to Tottenham for treatment, with the termination of the loan deal being confirmed by West Ham United co-chairman David Gold (businessman) on social networking site Twitter.

International career

Bentley has played for the England under-15 and under-16 teams, captained the England under-18 team and played for the England national under-21 football team. David Bentley was the first Englishman to score at the new Wembley Stadium in a game against the Italy national under-21 football team on 24 March 2007.

In May 2007, following an impressive 2006–07 season for Blackburn, Bentley was called up for the England B national football team international at Turf Moor for a match against Albania national football team. After naming David Bentley as a starter, England manager Steve McClaren said Bentley had the potential to become England's "new David Beckham". In that match, Bentley provided the cross for Stewart Downing's first goal and was involved in the buildup to Downing's second in the 3–1 victory for England. David Bentley received the Man of the Match award for David Bentley performance. This withdrawal led to Bentley being excluded from the senior England squad for the friendly against Germany National Football Team, but David Bentley was selected for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel national football team and Russia national football team. David Bentley made David Bentley senior debut when David Bentley came on as a substitute (association football) for Shaun Wright-Phillips against Israel, but was jeered by some of the fans due to David Bentley previous refusal to play for the under-21 squad.

Bentley started for England for the first time in the friendly against Switzerland national football team on 6 February 2008, but has fallen down the pecking order with Aaron Lennon and Theo Walcott being preferred since David Bentley debut. David Bentley missed out on the 2010 World Cup when the elder David Beckham was bookies favourite to be picked ahead of him.

Style of play

Most commonly Bentley plays as a right winger, but David Bentley can also play as a midfielder or a second striker. When David Bentley was at Arsenal, Bentley was slated to play in the second striker role, but
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