Bent happy to impress in suprise England start

Bent happy to impress in suprise England start

Darren Bent grabbed the second as England ran out comfortable 2-0 winners over Wales in the Millenium Stadium. However, much of the media speculation heading into the game had neglected to mention the Aston Villa marksman and it took him a matter of 14 minutes to find the net as England headed back to the top of Group G.

England manager, Fabio Capello, has been in for some criticism after a limp performance at last summer's World Cup finals and in particular for his reliance on a more rigid 4-4-2 system. However, it was a fresher 4-3-3 that was chosen with Bent at its spearhead that impressed against the Welsh Dragons, with many suggesting it suits England and the International stage better than Capello's recent systems.

Andy Carroll, Jermaine Defoe and Peter Crouch had all been in the spotlight to start in the EURO 2012 Qualifier, but Bent is understandably delighted to have repaid the faith shown in him by grabbing a goal at the end of a flowing England move in the early going of the match.

"This is everything I've been waiting for since I got my first chance in 2005," said Bent.

"It's been a long, long wait and finally it has come, and I'm grabbing on to the opportunity with both hands."

"I don't know about international football getting easy, but Fabio showed faith in me, gave me the nod and I'm delighted to have scored."

"There was a lot of speculation saying it wasn't going to be me starting, but Andy Carroll or Jermain Defoe, and I kind of expected not to be playing."

"But the manager has picked me, stuck by me and I've repaid that with a goal."

"He told the team I was playing and told me what he wanted from me. I said I'd go out and do that."

"It's always hard when you play 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there. When you get a run in the side, you have confidence to keep on going."

"I want to be the No.9 for as long as possible. There are a lot of top strikers around but, hopefully, Fabio will keep picking me and I will keep producing the goods."


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