Redknapp urges Bentley to go up a gear

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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has told David Bentley to step into the shoes of Luka Modric when he faces his former club Blackburn at White Hart Lane on Sunday

Bentley left Ewood Park in the summer but struggled under Juande Ramos and has only started playing himself into good form since Redknapp's arriving.

With playmaker Modric out with a groin complaint, Bentley is expected to provide the attacking edge when Paul Ince's side arrive and Redknapp said: "He can deliver a great ball and we have to get him on the ball as much as possible because we've lost Modric."

He added: "David Bentley will be even more important now. He can open the door by hitting the pass or doing something special.

"Hopefully he will do the business here. You saw the goal at Arsenal, it was special."

Bentley lost his place in the England team during Spurs' dismal start to the season but Redknapp's appointment has seen him played back in his right-wing position and back in the frame for Fabio Capello.

"It's up to him, he has to work hard and get in the squad," Redknapp said.

"I'm sure we're going to qualify for the World Cup and they all want to go. It's an opportunity to give it a real go."

Bentley has been accused of being a difficult character to work with, but Redknapp said: "I think Capello would pick anyone if they were good enough.

"You don't have to like players to pick them. Some lads you wouldn't want to spend time with but you pick them every week. Other lads you love them but they don't get in the team."

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