Belated congratulations to Darren Bent on forcing his way back into Fabio Capello’s thinking, winning a place in the England squad to play the Euro 2012 qualifier (correcting earlier error – see comment) against Bulgaria on Friday. Let us hope he gets a meaningful slice of the action.
We’ve discussed often enough how difficult it is for players from supposedly unfashionable clubs to get into the national team.
There was more than a suspicion that Bent’s chances prior to the World Cup final selection were done no good by the attitude of certain senior squad members. If that was the case, Capello will have learned one thing from South Africa if he learned nothing else: not to listen to such junk in future. And you cannot argue with Bent’s record: four goals already this season.
Meanwhile, Asamoah Gyan has been handed the squad number 33 at Sunderland.
And our full squad of 24, named by Steve Bruce today, is as follows (Jordan Henderson, David Meyler and Danny Welbeck all young enough to be exempt):
Paulo Da Silva
Asterisks for “home-grown” players). The limit is 24 so Bruce has one spot available. I understood that if Campbell was to be out for the season, he did not need to be included; does his presence on the list imply hope for an earlier recovery?