Bent: Pressure is always on

Bent has scored four goals in his last five internationals but

knows it will impress Fabio Capello if he passes the ultimate test

and performs well against World Cup winners Spain at Wembley on

Saturday. The hunger of the Aston Villa player cannot be questioned

after he missed out on being selected for the 2006 and 2010 World

Cups, while England did not qualify for Euro 2008. Bent said:

“Every time you play for your country, it’s like you are on trial

to be honest. “If I get selected, hopefully I’ll do myself justice

and hang onto the shirt. “I’ve got a few goals recently for England

but this is going up another gear. Spain are the best team in the

world, who won the last World Cup and the Euros. “They’ve got

players out of this world and will be a great game to be involved

in. “It would be great to play against someone like Spain and prove

you can handle yourself at that level. “You are going to meet

people like them next summer so it’s a chance to show what you can

do.” Bent spearheads one of the least experienced strikeforces

assembled by Capello, who will miss the wedding of his son,

Pierfilippo, as it clashes with the Spain game. He has won only 11

caps himself but that is five more than the combined tally of

Gabriel Agbonlahor (3), Danny Welbeck (2), Bobby Zamora (1) and

Daniel Sturridge (0). But he has no doubt Villa team-mate

Agbonlahor can make his mark in his first call-up for two years.

Bent said: “Gabby has been brilliant all season. He has got the

pace and the power and he seems a lot more confident this season

than he did last season. “He’s gone away, he’s worked hard, and

it’s paying dividends this season, he is scoring goals, he is

playing well. “He is definitely right up there with some of the

strikers in the Premier League form-wise and to be fair he can play

in a number of positions.” Capello is also eager to assess the

potential of Welbeck and Sturridge, with the latter called up at

senior level for the first time. There are 11 players with six caps

or fewer in the squad, which is lacking the likes of Wayne Rooney,

Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere. The squad met up

on Wednesday evening at their Hertfordshire base before training

for the first time on Thursday morning. Capello has a major injury

doubt over Everton centre-back Phil Jagielka, who has a hairline

fracture of his toe which will be assessed by England’s medical