29 year old striker hoping loan move gives his international career a boost.
Darren Bent is hoping that his loan move to Fulham will help him book his place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad in time for next summer’s World Cup finals tournament in Brazil according to The Telegraph.
Bent was at one point a regular fixture in the international team but subsequently found himself falling out of favour at his parent club Aston Villa.
Villa boss Paul Lambert dropped Bent to the bench in favour of young Belgian striker Christian Benteke, despite Bent being the club’s record signing.
Bent felt that he could not justify to himself another season sat on the bench and has since secured a season –long loan deal to Fulham.
That raises the mouth-watering prospect of a partnership with classy Bulgarian forward Dimitar Berbatov.
Bent is hoping that being at a club where he is wanted will help him to rediscover his goalscoring form and persuade Hodgson he is worthy of a place in the international setup.
Much has changed though since Bent was last vying for a place in the international team. He will find his route being blocked by the likes of Wayne Rooney, Andy Carroll, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Jermain Defoe and, thanks to his performance against Scotland, Rickie Lambert.