Tuesday, August 16, 2005

New England international at Charlton Athletic

Darren Bent was called up to the England national football squad to replace the injured Andy Johnson; he thought his call up for England was a joke.

It’s an interesting selection for England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson but sort of supports his recent trend of picking new players. It’s a result of being in England for a few years and having gotten to know the younger players.

I think Eriksson has been getting some mud lately about moving on, but that’s a mistake. He’s not had the years and years other coaches have had to get to know their players. Eriksson has reached that level of understand inside England now, that’s why calling for his job is a mistake. He’ll be as prepared for the 2006 World Cup as anyone could, give the man his chance because England have the horses.

Bent has only played one Premiership game. Obviously Eriksson was impressed. He’s fast to the ball and efficient in a Ruud van Nistelrooy way.

Having moved from Ipswich in June, he overcame a slight injury and scored 2 good goals in his debut with Charlton against Sunderland. He joins the England squad for a friendly in Copenhagen against Denmark on Wednesday.

Bent has scored eight times for England's U-21 team in 12 matches but has never played for the seniors.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

FC, I cannot say I am big fan of SGE. The players love him and his man-management skills are second to none, however, his tactical nous is the focus of criticism, and quite rightly too, after the poor performances against both Brazil in WC02 and Portugal in the Euro 04. He selects new players, but only for friendlies - and they become one of a hundred one-cap wonders. He should stay of course, but anything less than a WC Final appearance in Germany, given the squad he has at his disposal, will be a failure. To get to the final though, he must iumprove the tactics.


8/16/2005 10:11 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...


My sentiments exactly.


8/17/2005 11:19 PM  
Blogger El Tel said...

Got to agree. Sven's capitulating to the 'bigger clubs' re overworking their players in friendlies does open the door to people like Bent, however, there'll be no big step-up for him unless he shifts in January - his only window of World Cup opportunity. Sven is a 'big clubs' man, Bent isn't - yet.

8/18/2005 12:39 PM  
Blogger Donal Breathnach said...

I think Darren Bent deserved a place in the England squad and not because Andy Johnsen was injured. He has pace, strenght, 2 good feet and he knows how to score.

8/22/2005 12:01 AM  
Anonymous JJ said...

Fabio Capello has just 9 days, 13 hours and 11 minutes left to learn English for his first meeting with the England squad! Pledge your support now and help Fabio Capello learn English!

12/28/2007 11:02 AM  

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