Darren Bent Doubtful So Andy Carroll May Start For England Against Bulgaria

Villa Park hit-man to lose place to Anfield star.

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England manager Fabio Capello will call upon Liverpool striker Andy Carroll to lead the line against Bulgaria if Darren Bent cannot shake off a groin injury.

The Aston Villa hit-man was absent again from training today, after missing the previous two, putting his starting place in serious jeopardy.

The 27-year-old was due to miss last month’s friendly with Holland due to a shoulder complaint but the game was called off due to riots.

Bent was looking to establish himself as a regular member of Fabio Capello’s attack after a spell of three goals in three matches.

But his possible absence tomorrow could open the door for Andy Carroll, who has not played for the Three Lions since scoring against Ghana last March.

Jermain Defoe will eager for the chance to impress against the same opposition when he scored a hat-trick at Wembley a year ago.

Another option for Capello would be to play the in-form Ashley Young behind Wayne Rooney – a role he has performed at club level with Manchester United.

The game in Sofia will go a long way to determining whether they gain automatic qualification to next summer’s Euro 2012 finals.

England will follow this match with a home encounter against Wales at Wembley on Tuesday.

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