Bent: No more I can do to win spot
Bent is in with a shout of boarding the England plane to South Africa this summer but, with Bobby Zamora also emerging as a contender, he is far from a certain inclusion. The 26-year-old is simply concentrating on his job on Wearside, though, and allowing the rest to take care of itself. He told the Journal: "It would be nice to be involved. I don't think I have done my chances any harm this season. "There are only Wayne Rooney and maybe Jermain (Defoe) who have scored more goals than I have as an out-and-out front man. "All I can do is keep working hard, keeping doing well for Sunderland - there's no more that I can do. "If it doesn't happen, I will move on." Bent's desperation to be involved is all the more acute because he believes England have a genuine chance of returning with the trophy after being drawn in Group C along with the United States, Algeria and Slovenia. He said: "England have got a great chance of winning the World Cup. If we can play as a team and maintain the form that we are in, there's no reason we can't win the World Cup. "It was a good draw for England. It's there for us, but it will be tough. "There is a long way to go before then - anything could happen. "We have always had some of the best players in the world but it's just been a case of them playing as a team and getting everything together. "You can never really talk about anyone being favourites because there is danger all over. Brazil are strong, Spain are a good team and you can never, ever write off the Germans. "Before ever major tournament, they get battered in the lead up to it but, as soon as the finals come around, are always in the semi-finals or final." In the meantime, Bent's focus will be on Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Fulham and the Black Cats' efforts to end their 13-game run without a league victory. He said: "Sunderland comes first - I would put the club before anything. "Getting them out of trouble and us having a good season is before anything."