With Emile Heskey and Carlton Cole ruled out by injury, Fabio Capello opted for Sunderland striker Bent in attack, alongside Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe and Wayne Rooney.
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Bent has scored eight times for new club Sunderland this season, and clearly impressed the England manager.
The future looks bleak for Manchester United's Owen, however, who is running out of time to mount a serious challenge to be part of England's squad at the 2010 World Cup.
In goal, Capello has picked the trio of Ben Foster, Robert Green and Joe Hart, with reports suggesting James's frail knee is the reason behind his ommitance.
Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone also earned a call-up. David Beckham was initially selected, but will miss the match after his LA Galaxy side advanced to the next round of the MLS playoffs.
England squad v Brazil on 14 November:
Goalkeepers: Ben Foster, Robert Green, Joe Hart.
Defenders: Wayne Bridge, Wes Brown, Gary Cahill, Glen Johnson, Joleon Lescott, John Terry, Matthew Upson, Stephen Warnock.
Midfielders: Gareth Barry, Michael Carrick, Tom Huddlestone, Jermaine Jenas, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Ashley Young.
Forwards: Darren Bent, Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney.
- Football.co.uk staff
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