Fulham ace hopes to play his way into England World Cup squad

Darren Bent (Fulham)Darren Bent is hopeful that he can use his loan stint at Fulham to catapult his way back into the England squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

The prolific forward joined the Cottagers from Aston Villa over the summer after sliding away from the first-team under Paul Lambert.

Bent was once a key member of the Three Lions’ squad, but a lack of regular action saw his presence in the side deteriorate.

England need a win against Poland on Tuesday to guarantee their passage to Brazil, but are widely expected to achieve the result needed with their oppositions’ hopes of qualification having already ended.

Bent is keen to continue his bright start to life in West London and earn a place in Roy Hodgson’s plans.

“I hope I can get into the World Cup squad, it’s been a while since I was involved,” Bent told the Daily Mail.

“If I score a few goals this season and Fulham do well then I will give myself a chance.

“I’m not looking too far ahead but if I have a good season I will give myself the best opportunity to be in the squad.

Although the tournament is some way off, Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck are expected to make the trip, which would leave Bent in direct competition with Jermain Defoe, Rickie Lambert and Andy Carroll.

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