Bruce backs Bent to succeed for England

05 October 2010 02:00
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is backing striker Darren Bent to hit the international goal trail after finally opening his account. The 26-year-old scored for England for the first time in last month's 3-1 win over Switzerland and with injuries having moved him up the pecking order, could have further chances to increase his tally over the coming months. Bent, who has seven goals for the Black Cats so far this season, is in the squad for next Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro, and Bruce is confident he can reproduce that form on the bigger stage. He told the Sunderland Echo: "I'm delighted for Darren that his England career is up and running again, he totally deserves it. "He's a top quality professional, but more importantly than that, he's also a proven and prolific goalscorer in the league I regard as the toughest in the world. "How many Englishman can claim that? Not many. It was great to see him back in the squad the other month and great to see him on the scoresheet."

Source: PA

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