Bent still hoping for World Cup place

Darren Bent thinks he can still catch Fabio Capello’s eye and make England’s World Cup squad for South Africa.

England striker keen to avoid World Cup heartbreak

The Sunderland striker, who has six goals to his name already this season, told The Guardian he has not yet given up hope of going to the World Cup finals.

Bent says “he was crushed not to make the last World Cup” and said he would be "heartbroken" to miss out this time around.

After scoring his sixth goal of the season during Sunderland's 5-2 home win over Wolves Bent said “I can't do much more than I'm doing at the moment. Hopefully Capello is watching.”

Striker played no part in England’s successful qualifying campaign

It remains to be seen whether Capello is looking the other way. There may well be sound reasons why the Italian is ignoring a player who hasn’t played a single second of England’s successful qualifying campaign. Falling over in your solitary appearance could be the main one.

"I went round the keeper and slipped over,” said Bent, describing his chance in last year's friendly win over Germany.

“Things like that define your England career. If that goes in I could be in the next four or five squads - but it wasn't meant to be.”

If first impressions really do count, Bent is probably already clutching at straws.

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