Bent confident of keeping England place
Darren Bent is confident his miss will not see him dropped from the
England side, despite it denying them a win over Switzerland.
Aston Villa striker Bent blazed over the crossbar with the goal gaping as England drew 2-2 with Switzerland to open the door for Montenegro to overtake them in European Championship qualifying Group G.
The 27-year-old also failed to score when put through one on one but he revealed afterwards that manager Fabio Capello had reassured him about the misses.
Bent said: "Fabio said, ‘Don’t worry about it’. I’m a striker, all strikers miss chances and I’m sure when the next ones comes along I’ll bury them. As a striker, you practice taking chances and, obviously, today it wasn’t meant to be.
"But we move on from that, take the positives from the game. I thought our second-half performance was good and we’ll move on to the next international."
Saturday’s game was Bent’s third start in the last four internationals. He added: "It’s gone really well. Fabio’s shown real faith in me this season – I thank him for that. And he’s played me again for another 90, which hasn’t happened before in the past, and I’m over the moon about it.
"All I can keep doing is doing well for my club side, which I’ve done this season, and get a good rest under my belt. It’s been a long old season."
England were forced to fight back from 2-0 at Wembley. "Unfortunately, we got out of the blocks slowly and it was one point instead of all three," said Bent, who felt tiredness played a part after a long season.
"Some of the guys played Champions League football. "It’s a lot of games to play in a season. "I wouldn’t say it’s an excuse but people do get tired."