The curious demise of David Bentley, what’s next for England’s forgotten man?

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David Bentley… remember the name?

It’s been a while since we’ve seen his slick hairstyle adorn our TV screens. Way too long.

So what has happened to the man who, at one time, many believed could provide the lack of creativity the English national team had been suffering from?

Well, this past season he has been playing for Russian side FC Rostov on loan from Tottenham Hotspur in a bid to get regular soccer… before getting injured and finishing the season with ex-club Blackburn Rovers on loan.

Today it was announced his contract is up at Spurs and he is looking for potential new clubs. Plenty of EPL sides are said to be interested in the former Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers and Spurs midfielder.

But just how did his career nosedive from one of England’s greatest up and coming talents, to playing for a side that finished fourth from bottom in the Russian Premier League?

There have been plenty of factors that have led to him slipping away to South East Russia and then the Championship, to get away from it all for a season. Injuries have stalled his progress since moving to Tottenham, even after more loan moves away from White Hart Lane with West Ham and Birmingham, Bentley suffered massive knock-backs that further curtailed his career.

His attitude has also been questioned by plenty of managers in the past, Harry Redknapp being one of them. With Bentley excited that Spurs had clinched a spot in next seasons Champions League, he soaked Redknapp with a bucket of water during the post-match press conference.

His days at Spurs were numbered after that.

Bentley also faced drink-driving charges in 2009 after crashing his Porsche and a spate of other smaller incidents made sure his spiral on the pitch was mirrored off it.

As we mentioned before, Bentley’s talent is unquestionable and he has played seven times for England. But he fell out of favor with the England setup after refusing to play for the U-21 side in the 2007 European Championships. He was booed by England fans when he made his full debut soon after.

Despite all those controversial moments, Bentley is still only 28. He has plenty of season ahead of him to flourish and regain some of the accolades thrown his way when he first burst on the scene.

But time is running out.

However I will leave you with a little reminder of what Bentley can do. Just watch this first goal in the video below. Wouldn’t this man be useful to any EPL club outside the top four? I think so

MLS SuperDraft 2018 Live Tracker

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For a few dozen players, hearing their name called up to the big stage will validate all the hard work and sacrifices they’ve made since they were children.

Starting at 11:00 a.m. when Los Angeles FC is on the clock at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, the 2018 MLS SuperDraft will be underway. Many of the top college prospects will soon find out whether they’ll be headed to the Pacific Northwest, New England, the Southeast, Southern California or anywhere in between.

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This year’s draft class is loaded with attacking talent, from Generation Adidas trio Ema Twumasi (Wake Forest), Mason Toye (Indiana) and Francis Atuahene (Michigan) to Twumasi’s college teammate Jon Bakero.

But potential No. 1 overall pick is a three-time national champion, Thomas Hilliard-Arce, who could become the anchor of a backline for a decade.

Follow along below as we update the picks live as we hear them:

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Bayern signs Germany midfielder Goretzka from rival Schalke

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MUNICH (AP) Bayern Munich signed Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka on Friday on a free transfer from Bundesliga rival Schalke effective from next season.

Bayern said the 22-year-old Goretzka signed a four-year deal from July 1 through June 2022.

Schalke, which Goretzka joined in 2013 from hometown club Bochum, said the player informed the club this week of his wish to join Bayern when his contract expired.

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“We think we did everything in the last months to convince Leon to stay with us,” Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel said. “In the end, it wasn’t enough.”

Schalke had long been engaged in trying to get Goretzka to extend his contract, but was aware of reported interest from Bayern, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Liverpool.

“We’re very happy that Leon Goretzka, a German international with big potential, has decided in favor of Bayern despite big-name international competitors. This way it’s ensured that Leon Goretzka remains in the Bundesliga,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

Goretzka scored 19 goals and set up 13 more in 130 appearances for Schalke.

The club had previously expressed its displeasure with Bayern making public statements about its player after Goretzka was praised by sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and coach Jupp Heynckes.

Heidel said “we don’t need to hear every day from the Munich people how good our player is.”

Goretzka has six goals in 12 games for Germany.

Pele hospitalized overnight in Brazil

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The most famous soccer player in the world had a scare last night as he was hospitalized in Brazil for “severe exhaustion.”

Pele, 77, was set to travel to London this weekend to be honored by the Football Writers Association, though it looks like that trip has now been postponed.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Pele collapsed and was taken to a hospital in Brazil where he has undergone a series of tests which appear to point to severe exhaustion,” a FWA statement said. “He remains on fluids while doctors monitor his recovery.

“Thankfully, there is no suggestion of anything more serious than exhaustion.”

Here’s to hoping Pele makes a full recovery.

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USMNT centerback Carter-Vickers heads to Ipswich Town on loan

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Cameron Carter-Vickers has a new club to call home for the next five months or so after a rough first half of the season.

Tottenham announced Friday morning that it had loaned the U.S. Men’s National Team centerback to Championship club Ipswich Town for the rest of the season. Carter-Vickers spent the first five months of the season at fellow Championship side Sheffield United, starting 17 times though he struggled recently as Sheffield won just one game he played in during the month of December, losing three and drawing one.

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Carter-Vickers was then recalled earlier this week and now has a new home with a mid-table Championship club, with a new chance to impress. Hopefully Carter-Vickers can recover his form and continue to grow, potentially latching on to another Premier League side next year or breaking into the Tottenham first team.

There’s another interesting American tie-in to this. Carter-Vickers appears to be a short-term replacement for Ipswich Town’s Tommy Smith, who the club states is headed to join the Colorado Rapids ahead of the 2018 MLS season.