Darren Bent: dynamite news from Capello

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Sunderland’s welcome signing of Cristian Riveros, on a free transfer from the Mexican club Cruz Azul, may have deepened our fondness for Paraguay. We like to think, having voted already for Paulo da Silva and their red and white stripes, that we’re their official British site for the World Cup (though we’re not).


But let’s hear it tonight for Darren Bent, included in Fabio Capello’s provisional squad for South Africa.


At Salut! Sunderland, we’ve been batting for Bent for long enough, mocking those who say he has no game beyond scoring goals – as if scoring goals wasn’t actually a striker’s raison d’etre. How many strikers could turn out in a team as bad as we’ve been, with service as bad as he’s had, for long stretches of the season and still score 24 goals?

No one knows for sure how he’d fare at international level because he has not yet been given a proper chance.

We hope he now impresses sufficiently in the time that remains before Capello decides on his final squad, a decision that will mean seven of today’s selection missing out on the trip.

Darren’s goals kept us out of trouble this season. He fully deserved today’s happiness and pride.

“I’m really happy and it’s a weight off my shoulders,” he told the official SAFC club site. “I’ve worked hard all season towards something I really believe in so it’s brilliant to have finally got the OK.

“This tops off a fantastic season but the hard work starts here. It’s all about trying to get into that final 23 now … I’ve had the most enjoyable season of my career so far – now I want to finish it by getting my head down and working hard. Going to the World Cup would mean everything to me, especially after missing out in 2006.”

Great stuff, Mr Bent. Bon courage for the next bit.

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7 thoughts on “Darren Bent: dynamite news from Capello”

  1. Hi there,I like your site and it looks very interesting and easy to read,really!. I came from Paraguay. I love the Soccer and cannot wait till 11th June, can you?.But there is a problem camming from FIFA. It is that doesn´t choose the best teams in this planet for the World Cup which it should otherwise don´t call the World Cup a final, if you want to play football for the spirit of competition then go to the olympics games. this is basically what the World Cup is turning to, and it su…, ire needed to beat argentina to be in and is not, jap beat lowly teams as bahrain, qatar, kuwait, to be in, is this justice I dont think so, just because you are in the World Cup it doesn´t mean that you have the quality to be in like jap can attes. Any way, I expect to see a super final on 11th July and my favorite winner team is South Africa,and my favorite player is Iker Casillas.Good blog and keep going.Cu!

  2. The upcoming friendlies will give Capello sufficient time and opportunity to assess that Bent is not good enough. The simple fac that he plays for Sunderland has been sufficient criteria in the past. Capello is at least providing public evidence of “due diligence” which shouldn’t be mistaken at this point anyway for “giving Darren a chance.” That’s the vote of the cynical jury anyway.

  3. Surely Capello will take all 5 forwards, Heskey is crocked and unfit and Rooney can’t play with defoe, Bent gives them an edge and speed and goals he must be in

  4. Not sure whom the Hammers fan should support at the World Cup (if England isn’t playing)? There are no claret and blue shirts at the WC!
    Valon Behrami plays for Switzerland, but for me as an Austrian they are too close to my home country to support them. Italy? We’ve just lost our second Italian after the technical director, and Alessandro Diamanti isn’t in the Italian squad. Neither are Totti and Toni. No!
    South Africa because of Benni McCarthy? Well, he’s hardly played for us so far. USA because of Jonathan Spector? That’s a no-go as they play in the England group!
    So we’re left with Mexico. Guilllermo Franco is in the Mexican squad in the Panini sticker album, but will he play in South Africa as he wasn’t mentioned in an article on the World Cup on the official West Ham site? Maybe he has fallen out with Mr Sullivan as Guille has been named in the in the provisional 26-man-squad. Okay then, could support MEXICO!!
    But I’ve got another favorite: There’s no claret and blue within the 32 teams, but URUGUAY wears light blue shirts (one of West Ham’s away colours). So I’ll also go for Uruguay then!

  5. To the tune of “When The Saints Go Marching In”;

    “Oh Paraguay, Oh Paraguay,
    Oh Paraguay is wonderful
    It’s got jungles and rivers
    Oh Paraguay is wonderful”

    Music at its finest.

  6. He may not be world class but he knows where the back of the net is. So lets hope Capello remembers it’s goals that win games.

  7. Certainly I would have thought that our friends here at Salut must be the first fan site to have declared their support for all things Paraguayan in anticipation of some excellent displays by our very own PDS and now Cristian Riveros,

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