The 23-year-old midfielder has impressed head coach Fabio Capello after a good season with Blackburn and is optimistic at being involved in the forthcoming friendly matches against the United States and Trinidad & Tobago.
"I know David Beckham is loved the the world over and I admire him as a man and a player but I will be trying my hardest to challenge him for the position and we´ll see what happens," he said.
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