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Bent almost quit England
24 Jul 2010 - 16:57:41
Sunderland striker Darren Bent has revealed that he almost quit the international scene after Fabio Capello left him out of the England squad for this summer's World Cup finals.
However, despite his initial disappointment, the 26-year-old former Charlton Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur forward has had a change of heart and will now try to force his way into Capello's plans.
He said: "I felt that I was taken to Austria as a token gesture. It was as though he (Capello) decided he had to take me because of the goals I'd scored.
"He took me to the training camp, gave me 45 minutes and, because I didn't score two goals, that was it. It hurt. I can't deny that was how I felt.
"I had long conversations with my dad and my manager. I just felt I was only there to make up the numbers. I thought 'should I just call it a day with England and hang up my boots in international football?' I contemplated it.
"But you can't burn your bridges like that. I hope it is going to be a meritocracy. A few people have said to me that I've jumped up the pecking order after what happened over there, but who knows?
"People are saying this is going to change and that is going to change, but how much can it? All I can do is keep going, keep believing in myself and keep scoring goals.
"I'm not going to give up on England because of what happened this summer. I'm going to keep working hard, keep playing well for Sunderland and keep knocking on that door. That's all I can do."