Tottenham's Darren Bent determined to prove his worth at White Hart Lane
21 April 2009 08:16
Bent scored his 16th goal of the season, for Spurs against Newcastle on Sunday, of which 11 have come in the Premier League from only 20 starts.
But with Jermain Defoe returning from injury, and with Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko pressing for starts, Bent admitted that he must wait to see whether he has a future at White Hart Lane.
Bent was called up by Capello to replace the injured Carlton Cole for England's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine, but had to return to Spurs after picking up an injury.
The fact that he was selected and again watched by Capello when he claimed the winner over Newcastle on Sunday suggests he remains in the England frame. But only if he is playing regularly.
'I would like to have played more games and scored more goals,' said Bent.
'The manager has got decisions. He's got fantastic strikers and you have to bide your time. The end of the season is coming and we'll have to see what happens when we get back.
'Fabio is the best England manager we've had for a long time. He's told me on a personal level what he wants from me and it was nice for him to be there when I got a goal.
'It was disappointing when I had to pull out (from the England squad). He'd told me what he wanted from me for the game and it was disappointing to be sent home. My knee was giving me a few problems and I wouldn't have done myself any justice, so for me it's best I'm 100 per cent fit before I represent my country.
'If you don't play for your club regularly, you won't play for England. As long as I can keep working hard and scoring goals, hopefully I'll be in there. No-one likes to sit on the bench. I'll have to see what happens and take it from there.'