David Bentley: His Journey from Clubs to Clubs
David Bentley had only a short time at the top in football.
After coming through prominence at Arsenal, the winger went on to play for Blackburn Rovers where he made his name. As a youngster, Bentley was regarded as a promising talent for the England national team. He was a regular for the England under 21 team from 2005 to 2007. He was immediately given prominence in the senior team in 2007, but it all began to go downhill from then on. The England debut for the 31-year-old came when he was highflying with Blackburn.
A move to Tottenham came about in 2008 and he never recovered from his poor spell at the club. However, fans will forever remember the goal that he scored against archrivals Arsenal in the 4-4 draw between the two teams. The wonder goal is still regarded as one of the best in the North London derby, but Bentley has revealed that he never looked back on that goal again. After staying with Spurs for five years, Bentley played on loan at various clubs before announcing a shock retirement in 2013. He has since tried to come out of retirement without any success.
Bentley claimed that his lack of passion for the game was the reason for quitting so early.“It was a moment when I felt, prior to the game, that I was going to do something good. All my mates were there, Harry [Redknapp] had just come in after Juande Ramos, and I felt that this was going to be a big night; that everything had been getting on my nerves and this was going to be different. The ball just sat up nicely for me. We had been in a meeting before the game and it was mentioned that their keeper liked to stand off his line, so I just hit it,” said Bentley.