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November 13, 2009

Darren Bent's inclusion in Fabio Capello's England squad raised a few eyebrows in the national press but it won't have surprised anyone in Sunderland.

After eight goals in 12 Premier League appearances and the leading English goalscorer, it was becoming increasingly difficult for Capello to ignore the in-form striker.

However, his place on the plane to South Africa is far from guaranteed. But, could Sunderland have more than just one English player on his way to the World Cup?

Lars Knutsen Lars Knutsen was born in Sunderland of Norwegian parents across the Wear from the SSOL back when shipbuilding not car manufacture was the city’s main industry. His first game was in 1968 and he has followed the Black Cats since then, with great memories of the 1973 FA Cup. He hopes the “yo-yo” days are over and defines supporting a team by whether the result affects your mood (but maybe not in the way portrayed in the book “Fever Pitch”!) so has been cheerful recently. He endured school in Newc**tle, has a Ph.D. in Chemistry, a Professorship at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, and works in the Pharma industry as a consultant Medicinal Chemist.

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