England snub leaves Bent dejected

Sunderland striker Darren Bent thought his goalscoring record in the Premier League in the season just ended would have been enough for him to earn a place in England's 23-man squad for the World Cup finals in South Africa.

The former Charlton Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur striker scored 25 goals for the mid-table Black Cats last term but was one of the seven members of Fabio Capello's initial 30-man squad to be discarded on Tuesday.

Theo Walcott, Tom Huddlestone, Scott Parker, Adam Johnson, Michael Dawson and Leighton Baines were also told they would not be taking part in the summer tournament.

Bent told his Sunderland's official website:"I feel really disappointed.

"I've always said to myself, if you play well and do your best for Sunderland, then there's a chance you can go to the biggest tournament in the world. But obviously on this occasion it hasn't worked out.

"Straight away from when Mr Capello spoke to me and told me I wouldn't be involved in the 23-man squad. my thoughts turned to next season and how I can improve on what I've done for Sunderland this year.

"I'm going to take some time off now and rest my bones after what's been a great season for me and get ready for next year. It's a case of fully concentrating on my football for Sunderland and doing my best for them.

"Of course, I still want the boys to do well. I've got a lot of friends in the England set-up. They're a great bunch of lads and, even though I won't be there, I'll be supporting them."

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