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Bent keen to impress Capello

18 Nov 2008 - 14:00:52

In-form Tottenham striker Darren Bent believes he has the ability to become a regular in the England side.

The former Charlton Athletic star has already found the net seven times in the Premier League this season for a Spurs side that remains in the relegation zone

Bent seems certain to start England's friendly against Germany in Berlin on Wednesday as Wayne Rooney is out through injury, and he is desperate to take his chance.

He said: "There's definitely a vacancy for a goalscorer. I've always been a firm believer that, if you can score a lot of goals for your club, then you can do it for your country.

"That's especially the case with England given the calibre of players in the squad who can create chances.

"Wayne Rooney has been fantastic for England for a number of years and it does look like the rest of us are all fighting away for one spot.

"As long as I can keep myself fit, score as many goals as I can and play well, it will only stand me in good stead.

"Harry Redknapp helped (Peter) Crouch and (Jermain) Defoe get back into the England set-up after going to Portsmouth and they're playing really well.

"Jermain was in a similar position to me at Tottenham where he wasn't playing too much, then went to Portsmouth and now he can't stop scoring.

"Now Harry has come to Tottenham and funnily enough I've got back into the England squad. He is a fantastic manager and he is a man manager who keeps things simple."


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