Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent is hoping England manager Fabio Capello will give him a chance to continue his impressive goal-scoring for Spurs in England’s International friendly against Germany on Wednesday.
After a slow start to his career at White Hart Lane, 24-year-old Bent has been in fine form for the North London club this term, with 7 goals in the Premier League and 11 in all competitions so far this season, which has earned the former Charlton Athletic player a recall into the England fold a year after his last call-up.
Now that Bent has forced himself back into the England squad and Capello’s thoughts the striker is determined to take his chance for England against Germany if given the opportunity in what he calls a ‘special’ game.
“England against Germany are always good games to play in so, for me, I feel I have something to prove,” Bent said.
“If I get the chance to prove myself then I'm up for the challenge.
“To be involved in a game like this is special."
Bent also believes that being deployed as a lone-striker for Tottenham by both previous manager Juande Ramos and new boss Harry Redknapp this season has helped him earn his recall to the England squad.
“I'm used to playing up front one my own so that's helped,” he added.
“It's made me a stronger person and I'm definitely a better player than the last time I was in the squad.
“You never take anything for granted, so as long as I can kept on scoring consistently for Tottenham then I hoped Fabio would see it and I would get a recall. Thankfully that's happened.”
Bent's last appearance in an England shirt came under the ill fated reign of previous manager Steve McClaren, with Bent claiming that things are different and more professional under the Capello regime.
“It's different to what it used to be,” Bent continued.
“It's always an honour to be here and play for your country. The training is perhaps more intense and it's a bit more professional, but it's been brilliant since I've been here.”