Bent eyes England return

09 September 2009 09:47
Darren Bent is hoping his summer move to Sunderland will revive his England career. The 25-year-old has made just one international appearance under Fabio Capello - in last November's friendly with Germany. The England boss has preferred the likes of Wayne Rooney, Emile Heskey, Jermain Defoe, Carlton Cole and Peter Crouch in attack. But having scored two goals in four games since his £10million move from Tottenham, Bent has his sights set on challenging for a World Cup spot. "It's still a massive ambition, but at the same time I know it's going to be difficult to get back in," he told the Times. Upset"[Capello] seems to have his four or five strikers set in place, but if I can score a lot of goals, that should help me upset the system a bit. If that's the case, there's no saying where I can go. "My number one priority is to hold down a place in the Sunderland team and do well for them, but I definitely feel that I have something to add for England. "The moment I stop thinking that I might as well pack in football because the ambition will be gone." Capello travelled to watch Sunderland's home game against Chelsea last month, and although Bent gave the Black Cats an early lead, Chelsea came back to win 3-1. And Bent revealed that Sunderland boss Steve Bruce used the prospect of adding to his four England caps as motivation. "When we played against Chelsea, Steve Bruce whispered in my ear in the dressing room 'do you know the England manager's here?'" he added. "He had a cheeky grin on his face. "It was nice to hear and hopefully if I keep playing well for Sunderland, he'll want to come back soon."

Source: SKY_Sports