Bent not fearing axe
England striker Darren Bent does not expect to be dropped despite his miss against Switzerland.
Last Updated: 05/06/11 9:51am
Darren Bent is not expecting to be dropped from the England starting line-up despite his glaring miss against Switzerland costing his team dear.
The Aston Villa striker wasted an easy chance to score with the game locked at 2-2 at Wembley on Saturday, skying the ball left-footed over the cross bar with the goal seemingly at his mercy.
Bent also failed to convert a one on one after being fed through by Jack Wilshere, meaning England still trail Montenegro in Group G as they look to secure automatic qualification to the European Championships next summer.
The 27-year-old was confidence he would retain his place however, stating that manager Fabio Capello had reassured him that his misses would not count against him.
Bent said: "Fabio said, 'Don't worry about it'.
"I'm a striker, all strikers miss chances and I'm sure when the next ones come along I'll bury them.
"As a striker, you practise taking chances and, obviously, today it wasn't meant to be.
"But we move on from that, take the positives from the game.
"I thought our second-half performance was good and we'll move on to the next international."
Saturday's game marked Bent's third start in the last four international matches, an indication that he is Capello's preferred choice at centre-forward.
He said: "It's gone really well.
"Fabio's shown real faith in me this season - I thank him for that.
"And he's played me again for another 90, which hasn't happened before in the past, and I'm over the moon about it.
"All I can keep doing is doing well for my club side, which I've done this season, and get a good rest under my belt. It's been a long old season."
A sluggish first-half left England 2-0 at one stage in the first half, but Bent felt this was due to the extent of the player's exertions over the past season.
"Unfortunately, we got out of the blocks slowly and it was one point instead of all three," Bent added.
"Some of the guys played Champions League football.
"It's a lot of games to play in a season.
"I wouldn't say it's an excuse but people do get tired."