BLACKBURN Rovers star David Bentley is convinced he has what it takes to break into Steve McClaren's England squad after signing a four-year contract extension to stay at Ewood Park until 2011.
The bullish 22-year-old will celebrate his new long-term deal by lining up against his former club Arsenal in an FA Cup fifth-round replay tonight - and has his sights on success on the biggest stage.
Bentley said: "I play week in, week out in the Premiership and being in the England squad is the next stage.
"If I am given the chance I will hopefully grab it, and I have the belief in myself that I can make that step up.
"I have got the confidence and belief and I have worked on myself physically to get up to Premiership level.
"I did not have the best start to my career at Arsenal but I am just looking to push on now.
"I am still young and I am still learning. I am coming in every day to get better and this is the place for me.
"The ability gets you to a certain level but it is ambition and desire which really gets you to the top."
Rovers boss Mark Hughes has no new injuries for the clash with defender Chris Samba expected to recover from a knee complaint.
And like McCarthy, midfielder David Dunn is also pushing for a recall.