England striker Darren Bent has admitted that he feels ‘on trial’ every time he plays for his country as he seeks to prove to people against Spain that he has what it takes to succeed at international level as Bet365 indicate increased free bets on the Villa striker.
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The Villa forward – who is in good spirits after scoring twice against Norwich City at the weekend – is hoping to make a positive impact when England host Spain in an international friendly on Saturday.
Referring to the pressure of playing for your country, Bent said: “Every time you play for your country it is 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.”
It would certainly do Bent’s chances of being involved in Euro 2012 no harm at all if he could get on the score sheet against a team as good as Spain.
Looking at the other strikers in Fabio Capello’s squad for this weekend’s game – Gabby Agbonlahor, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck and Bobby Zamora – it seems fair to say that Bent will start the game, attempting to use his good recent record for England to lead the line admirably.
Elsewhere for England, it is thought that Capello will play Phil Jagielka despite the Everton defender suffering a broken toe.
It was thought that Jagielka wouldn’t be fit enough to start the game, but with Capello hesitant to start John Terry – who is at the centre of a race row investigation – the former Sheffield United man could be forced to play through the pain.