The 25-year-old scored his ninth goal of the season in Saturday's 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory over high-flying Arsenal to leave manager Steve Bruce singing his praises once again.
Top Cat: Darren Bent celebrates his goal against Arsenal with Sunderland captain Lorik Cana (right), who believes the striker is worthy of a place in England's World Cup squad
Bent was disappointed with some of the criticism he received in the wake of his performance in England's 1-0 friendly defeat by Brazil in Doha after forcing his way into Fabio Capello's squad.
However, Albania skipper Cana, who has watched from close quarters as the £10m man has rediscovered his scoring touch at the Stadium of Light this season, is convinced he has to go to South Africa.
Cana said: 'It was not a surprise for me when he was selected for England. England really don't have another centre forward like Darren - a striker who plays on the shoulder of the last defender and is always alive in the box.
'They would miss someone like Darren if they don't take him and Ithink he will be a very important player for England at the next WorldCup.
'People need to give him their confidence. Here atSunderland, he has the confidence of everyone - team-mates, the cluband fans - and he can give his best.
Poor show: Bent endured a frustrating night for England against Brazil recently
'We know we have a high-quality scorer. The goal he scored on Saturday was important for him and for us, and we are really happy for him.
'When you play a team like Arsenal, you all have to work together, but you also need someone who makes a difference, and Darren for us is that man.'
Bent has now scored against Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool - with the help of the infamous beachball - and the Gunners this season to confirm his return to top form since his summer move from Tottenham.
However, he and his team-mates have already been warned by manager Bruce thatthey have to maintain their standards when they head for Wigan, the victims of a9-1 drubbing at Spurs yesterday, next weekend.
Good home victories over Blackburn, Hull and Liverpool have been followed by defeats at Stoke, Burnley and Birmingham, and that is a pattern the Black Cats are desperate to break.
Cana told the Sunderland Echo: 'We did really well at Manchester United and athome to Liverpool as well. When we play the big clubs, we get our mentality right. Everyone does their jobs and we keep our organisation.
'Sometimes when we have played away against perhaps not the biggest teams, we lose that organisation.
'We really need to make sure that doesn't happen at Wigan. They have beaten Chelsea at home this year and will make it tough for us. We have to get a good result. We will play to win the game.'
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