Since Harry Redknapp’s arrival at White Hart Lane, Darren Bent has only failed to score in one Premier League game. He has also managed a hat-trick in the UEFA Cup. Under Juande Ramos earlier in the season, it was only four goals in twice as many games. Therefore, I think it is fair to say that the former Ipswich man is enjoying life under his new boss.
Bent has scored seven goals in six games, and is probably the most in-form striker that the Premier League has to offer right now. Should he maintain this, there has to be a strong possibility that Fabio Capello will come calling.
The England manager will be impressed with Bent’s recent return to form, and will also be aware that he has scored as many goals in his last six games as Wayne Rooney, Peter Crouch, Jermaine Defoe, Michael Owen and Emile Heskey put together. Bent is the most prolific English striker around right now and that will please him.
England take on Germany in a friendly next week, and there is no doubt that Bent has a chance of making Capello’s squad. The football odds will certainly be giving him a chance because of his excellent recent form.
The player himself is keeping his feet on the ground though. He is aware that there is a possibility of an international call, but insists that his main focus at the moment is playing well for Tottenham. If an England call-up came along, it would simply be a ‘bonus’ according to the striker.
In my opinion, the 24-year-old definitely deserves his chance at international level, especially with him being in the goal scoring form he is in. The game against Germany is only a friendly – so why not give him a go? He has always been a superb finisher and in my opinion, will always score goals when given the opportunity to do so.
Tottenham manager Redknapp has given Bent a run in the team and is getting the rewards, so perhaps Capello should do the same? Bent is very much a confidence player and if the England boss shows faith in him, I’m convinced he will deliver some promise for this country.
By Thomas Rooney – A sports writer who blogs about football betting