Darren Bent, Danny Welbeck and Jordan Henderson are basking in international glory tonight after playing crucial parts in England victories …
Darren Bent off the mark for England and would have scored twice had Shaun Wright-Phillips not made a mess of an easy pass in front of goal. Not bad for a substitute, securing the 3-1 win in Switzerland after the home country had halved the lead established by Rooney and Johnson.
But it doesn’t end there.
Jordan Henderson cleverly set up the second of Danny Welbeck’s goals in the Under 21s 3-0 win against Lithuania, prompting one SAFC fan to say we really must make the most of him before Sir Alex comes in to make him Paul Scholes’s replacement.
And even Kevin Kilbane scored tonight, though Ireland were only playing Andorra (against whom 3-1 sounds almost embarrassingly close).
Almost as good, no Sunderland players were involved in Scotland’s woeful game against Liechtenstein at Hampden Park. Can you believe Scotland went a goal down and then needed seven minutes of stoppage time to bag a winner at the very end.
Benty’s goal is the real tonic, though. It will do wonders for his confidence at international level and send him back to our place with a buzz.
Let us hope he can start again where he left off when we play at Wigan.