Bent in as Beckham pulls out

09 November 2009 08:01
Sunderland striker Darren Bent has been included in the England squad for Saturday's friendly against Brazil, but David Beckham has pulled out due to club commitments. Bent, who has scored eight goals in 12 appearances for the Black Cats so far this season, has been named alongside Aston Villa full-back Stephen Warnock and Tom Huddlestone of Spurs in the squad for the high-profile game in Qatar. Bent's inclusion is believed to have pushed Manchester United striker Michael Owen further down the international pecking order. Meanwhile, after helping Los Angeles Galaxy reach the Major League Soccer Western Conference Final, Beckham has pulled out of the squad. Beckham was initially included in the squad but on the understanding that he would be released should the Galaxy defeat Chivas and set-up a meeting with Houston Dynamo in the final. Elsewhere, Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Aaron Lennon and David James have all been omitted due to injury concerns. Full England squad: Foster (Manchester United), Green (West Ham), Hart (Manchester City); Bridge (Manchester City), Brown (Manchester United), Cahill (Bolton), Johnson (Liverpool), Lescott (Manchester City), Terry (Chelsea), Upson (West Ham), Warnock (Aston Villa); Barry (Manchester City), Carrick (Manchester United), Huddlestone, Jenas (both Tottenham), Lampard (Chelsea), Milner (Aston Villa), Wright-Phillips (Manchester City), Young (Aston Villa); Bent (Sunderland), Crouch, Defoe (both Tottenham), Rooney (Manchester United).

Source: ESA