Andy Humble, SAFC-supporting Aussie exile and stalwart of the Blackcats list,, took the words clean out of our mouths after reading Darren Bent’s staggering comment that Fabio Capello had told him his chances of playing for England had improved because of his move from top-seven Sunderland to struggling Villa …
Having heard about this the other day, and just read more about it, I was surprised to see no further comments.
I was at least expecting Jeremy Robson to have passed comment. As no one has mentioned it, I thought I needed to vent my spleen …
Rent has come out and said that Capello told him his chances of playing for England were better now that he had signed for Villa (or words to that effect).
I would expect one of two things to happen in the next 24-48 hours:
* Capello goes to press and says he did not say such things about Rent and that it was a silly statement made by a silly boy and that it doesn’t matter where an English player plays he has full potential of playing for England on his own merits.
* Niall Quinn to demand from Capello, if he did indeed say this, an explanation of his words in full. I would also expect some sort of charge to be laid against him for bringing the game in disrepute!
How can anyone get away with a statement like that?
I’ll hold my actions for an answer. Is it a case of Rent being an immature spoilt brat and having a final dig at Sunderland AFC and its supporters? If not, then while Capello remains in charge, I will refuse to follow England to the point of contemplating supporting the opposition. Unless, that is, it’s Argentina, Germany or Scotland.