I am a Sunderland season ticket holder, and I firmly believe that Fabio would be mad NOT to take Bent to the world cup in South Africa.
Most pundits (what do these so-called experts actually know?) have Defoe, Crouch, Heskey and Carlton Cole earmarked as the four forwards to accompany Rooney, but, have they actually looked at the Premiership scorers table? Bent is third (2nd if you count only Englishmen), Heskey is 79th!! doesn’t that tell them anything?
Capello has repeatedly said that he will only select in-form players who play regularly for their club teams (that was his reason for not selecting Owen), Bent fulfills these criteria, so far this season only Rooney and Drogba have scored more Premiership goals than he has, so he is obviously in form.
To achieve this while playing for a team struggling in the bottom half of the table is further testament to how good he is. Taking Bent to the world cup makes much more sense than taking Heskey or Cole (Carlton), or some young teenager with potential who was never used like Sven did.
If anyone can give me a good reason why Bent should not be the second or third choice striker on the plane to South Africa I would very much like to hear it.
Straight talking – from Bill Harris.
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