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Bruce retains hopes for Bent
04 Sep 2010 - 10:04:25
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is hopeful that striker Darren Bent will be given a run of games in the England national team.
The 26-year-old was an unused substitute for England's 4-0 win over Bulgaria on Friday evening, with Bruce hoping for better for his star goal-getter.
He told the Sunderland Echo: "When the final World Cup squad came out, he was bitterly disappointed at missing out after doing so well last season. Everyone at the club had to try and pick him up a bit.
"But if he gets a proper chance, who knows? I said all along that I'd have taken him to the World Cup, but I would say that, wouldn't I?
"What is important is that he gets his opportunity, that he gets a proper crack of the whip, because there's no point bringing him if you're not going to give him a real chance to make an impact.
"And I think when you look at his goalscoring record, not just at Sunderland but down the years, he genuinely deserves it.
"He's a natural goalscorer and I think he has the capacity to score at any level.
"Those are the sort of players you want in any squad and I think it's about time that people started looking at his strengths rather than his weaknesses."