Marney backs Turner for England cap

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Hull midfielder Dean Marney has backed team-mate Michael Turner to muscle in on Fabio Capello's England plans after another stunning performance for the high-flying Tigers.

Turner nodded the winner over West Ham to move his side back up to third in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday and Marney believes the 24-year-old is already outshining his centre-half rivals.

Marney said: "In the last two games he's played against players who are in front of him in Jonathan Woodgate and Matthew Upson, and he's looked head and shoulders above them."

Former Tottenham player Marney told the Hull Daily Mail: "On present form he's got to be up there with the best centre-halves around. Not only is he scoring goals but it's his all-round performances."

Despite boss Phil Brown urging caution, Turner is sure to attract Capello's interest if he keeps improving, having been a revelation since his £350,000 move from Brentford two years ago.

"I'm sure if he keeps going the way he is then there's going to be a lot of people taking a lot of notice of him," added Marney. "It's unbelievable. He just keeps getting better and better with every game."

Meanwhile Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola is backing returning striker Craig Bellamy to remind his mis-firing strikers where to find the net and help the Hammers back up the Premier League table.

The Welshman looked lively in his first league start for a year but Zola has urged patience as the Welshman settles back into match fitness and seeks to recover his renowned scoring form.

Zola said: "Craig has done well but I know he can play much better. You can't ask too much from him after such a long time out but we really rely on him a lot because he is an important player for us.

"I was pleased with him, especially in the first half. I didn't expect him to be at his best but I am confident he will be back soon with his best performances for us."

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Tottenham Hotspur
Jonathan Woodgate
Michael Turner
Matthew Upson
Craig Bellamy
Premier League
Gianfranco Zola
West Ham United
Dean Marney
Hull City

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