Bent targets Villa form
Darren Bent is hoping his form for England can be transferred back to Villa after the international break.
Last Updated: 28/03/11 9:56am
Darren Bent is hoping his form for England can be transferred back to Aston Villa after the international double-header.
Bent scored for the Three Lions in their 2-0 victory over Wales on Saturday while club-team-mate Ashley Young was one of the stand-out players at the Millennium Stadium.
Stewart Downing also came off the bench in the second half, as three Villa players looked bright during a break from their Premier League woes.
Gerard Houllier's side must face up to the real threat of relegation this season and Bent hopes the England contingent can get them out of trouble.
"It is difficult. Our club form obviously takes priority in a lot of ways because it is the way you earn your living," he said.
"But these international breaks are nice to go away and try and get some confidence and play well here and then take it back to Villa.
"There is myself, Stu, Ashley and Kyle Walker. If us four can fire and play really well for England, hopefully we can take it back to Villa."
On the contrast between having a number of players flourishing on the international scene compared to domestic struggles, Bent added: "I think sometimes it happens like that. I am sure Villa won't be the first club in a relegation battle.
"But we are more than confident of getting out of it.
"It is always at the back of your mind and you are thinking 'the Villa form, the Villa form' but when you are out there, international football is hard and you just need to stay focused.
"If we play well at Everton next weekend and get something out of it, I am sure we can kick forward and move on."
Young had a big part to play in both goals at the weekend, being fouled for the early penalty and then laying on Bent's second.
On their growing understanding, the striker remarked: "We work on it every day in training and to be fair, Ash doesn't play wide for Villa. He plays just behind me.
"Every opportunity we get to play together, and can work off each other, it is only going to help Villa push up the league."