Darren Bent has had an excellent season in front of goal for Sunderland with 25 goals, He scored in more league games than any other English striker, has stayed fit and built up a good understanding with Kenwyne Jones. He was a "fox in the box" à la Kevin Phillips this season with his trademark expert shots, bouncing in front of the keeper, and demonstrated the ability to be in the right place at the right time.
The only question is, does he have the killer instinct in front of goal in the really big games? He has the ability with proven positional sense and finishing power. Bent must have impressed the watching Capello in the away fixture at Old Trafford when he put the Black Cats ahead with an expert long-distance finish.
So come on, Darren, take your chance to turn it on today and give Sunderland the England hero they have lacked in recent years!
©Lars J.S. Knutsen