Ferdinand: Cap can’t ignore Bent

Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand insists striker Darren Bent is

doing everything he can to force his way into England’s World Cup


The Black Cats hitman took his Premier League tally for the

season to 18 with a hat-trick in Tuesday night’s 4-0 romp against


Bent’s return is more impressive given the Black Cats’ dismal

recent form, with their success against the Trotters snapping a

14-game winless run.

Fabio Capello has offered the Wearside favourite little

encouragement with infrequent inclusions in his squad ahead of this

summer’s showpiece tournament in South Africa.

But Ferdinand feels that with only Wayne Rooney and Didier

Drogba ahead of him in the scoring charts, Bent can do little more

to impress.

He said: “It showed what a great striker he is, not only in

terms of his goals, but also in his work off the ball and his work

to bring other people into the team.

“Darren and Kenwyne Jones were the heartbeat of our team. The

way they played got all the rest of us up for the game.

“Kenwyne was unplayable at times and, when he is like that,

it helps Darren and brings other people into the game and creates

other chances.

“Darren is right up there with any other striker in the

Premier League. His record shows that. It’s incredible.

“He’s up there with the best but it’s not just about the

goals, it his all-round game. He’s coming together as a pair with

Kenwyne, which is nice to see.

“Everyone who is English has a chance of getting into that

World Cup squad. All they have to do is keep playing well for their

club. If they do that, you can’t ignore people who are doing well.”