Bent: Pressure is always on

BY foxsports • November 10, 2011

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 staff.


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