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Darren Bent is capable of becoming England regular, says Sunderland manager Steve Bruce
Published : 05 Oct 2010 13:38:46
Bruce has helped Bent revitalise his career at Sunderland since he left Tottenham last year and is convinced his continued progress will yield him a starting slot in the England side on a consistent basis. Bent has six caps to his credit and scored his first goal for the full England side when as a substitute in the 3-1 win over Switzerland in the Euro 2012 qualifier in Basle last month and could force his way into the 1st XI against Montenegro at Wembley next Tuesday. Bruce backs Bent to succeed for England'It was great to see him back in the (England) squad the other month and great to see him on the scoresheet,' Bruce said. 'Now that's he's done that, his next target is to be an England regular and I think that's something that's in his grasp - the sheer number of goals he has scored over the years has to count in his favour. 'He's scored an awful lot of important goals for Sunderland already and you wouldn't bet against him doing exactly the same for England now that it looks like he's going to get a run.' Bent, 26, has scored 29 goals in 45 Premier League games for Sunderland including five this season - since his then club-record £10 million move from Spurs and his exploits have won over England manager Fabio Capello who left him out of this year's World Cup squad. 'I'm delighted for Darren that his England career is up and running again - he totally deserves it,' Bruce said of a player who scored nine times in 14 England Under-21 games. 'He's a top-quality professional but more importantly than that, he's also a proven and prolific goal-scorer in the league I regard as the toughest in the world: the Premier League. How many Englishman can claim that? Not many.'