Darren BENT admits he feels “on trial” every time he plays for England as the striker looks to convince Fabio Capello he should be part of his Euro 2012 squad.
Bent has scored four goals in his last five internationals but knows it will impress Capello if he passes the ultimate test and performs well against World Cup and European championship winners Spain at Wembley on Saturday.
The hunger of the Aston Villa player cannot be questioned after he missed out on being selected for the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, while England did not qualify for Euro 2008. Bent said: “Every time you play for your country it is like you are on trial to be honest. If I get selected, hopefully I’ll do myself justice and hang onto the shirt.
“I’ve got a few goals recently for England but this is going up another gear. Spain are the best team in the world, who won the last World Cup and the Euros.
Bent spearheads one of the least experienced strikeforces assembled by Capello, who will miss the wedding of his son, Pierfilippo, as it clashes with the Spain game.
He has won only 11 caps himself but that is five more than the combined tally of Gabriel Agbonlahor (3), Danny Welbeck (2), Bobby Zamora (1) and Daniel Sturridge (0).