Bent - Fab snub won't affect me

05 October 2009 05:16
Sunderland striker Darren Bent says he will not let his England knock-back dent his confidence. The hot-shot has scored more Premier League goals than any other Englishman this season, with seven to his name since switching from Tottenham in the summer. He scored his latest in front of England boss Fabio Capello against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday, but was still over looked for the national squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Ukraine and Belarus. Bent, though, refuses to let the snub get him down, saying he will just have to keep banging in the goals for the Black Cats. He told the Sunderland Echo: "I've given a good account of myself on Saturday, but I've been knocking them in all season and have yet to get a call-up. "I just have to keep knocking on the door with my performances for Sunderland. I'll just have to keep banging them in. "I'm in good form, my confidence is high and I feel I can score goals at any level. Won't knock "This won't knock my confidence. "Everything seems to be flying in, which I always knew would happen if I got given games regularly." Bent, who endured two difficult seasons at Spurs before his switch to Sunderland, added: "As a striker, you have to think in your mind that you are going to score in every game. That's how I feel right now. "When you know you are playing games regularly, you can concentrate on how you are going to score. "But when you are not sure you are going to be playing, it is a bit difficult. "Getting thrown in at the last minute, or going on as sub, you can't prepare yourself as well as you want to. "Since joining Sunderland it has been fantastic. The manager has shown real faith in me and hopefully I can keep repaying him. "The manager worked so hard to get me here, I've joined a strong squad and the backing we're all getting from the supporters is fantastic." Disappointed Bent said he was disappointed to only get a draw at Old Trafford after the Red Devils equalised in injury time. He added: "It sounds strange coming away from Man United and saying you are disappointed with just a point - that doesn't happen very often. "But we went and gave a good account of ourselves and were unlucky not to get the three points. "The ball came to me and the first thing that came to my mind when I touched it was to have a shot and hit the target. "I work on that every day and luckily enough it came off."

Source: SKY_Sports