Darren Bent urges England boss Fabio Capello to let him loose against Montenegro

07 October 2010 10:26
Darren Bent is desperate to start for England against Montenegro at Wembley next week.

Both sides go in to the Euro 2012 qualifier with two wins from as many games and Sunderland striker Bent is convinced he is the man to maintain England's 100 per cent record.

With Tottenham forward Jermain Defoe injured, Bent is vying for a place in attack alongside Wayne Rooney and has done his chances no harm with eight goals in all competitions this season, including one against Switzerland last month.

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He told The Guardian: 'Naturally I'd love to start, but it's not for me to guess what Mr Capello is going to do. He has his own ideas, so who knows? He can surprise people.

'Knowing what I know already about the way the England manager works, my immediate goal is not starting the game but showing up well in training, because that is what he looks for.'

England boss Fabio Capello decided against taking Bent to the World Cup in South Africa and the 26-year-old former Spurs player is determined to make up for lost time and add to his seven caps.

He added: 'Obviously it was really disappointing this summer, though I am sure it was even more disappointing for the guys who were actually out there playing.

'For me personally it was more a sense of frustration, but you either get the chance to play or you don't, and if the chance doesn't come along there's not much you can do about it.

'Just as with goalscoring chances, you have to put the misses behind you and be ready for the next one.

'The World Cup is the biggest football tournament on the planet, all the best players are there and you want to be there too, especially when you have worked so hard to try and make it.

'Missing out was hard, but it's all part and parcel of a footballer's life. You accept it and move on, and now it's nice to be back in the squad again. Representing your country is the best thing about being a footballer.'

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