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Bent eyes World Cup place

Last Updated: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:26
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Darren Bent says he will do all he can on loan at Fulham this season to force his way back into the England squad for the World Cup.

Bent is on loan from Aston Villa for the whole campaign and has made a decent start to life at Craven Cottage, scoring two goals in five appearances.

The former Sunderland and Spurs striker has an impressive strike rate in the Premier League, scoring 105 top-flight goals throughout his career, but he spent the vast majority of last season on the sidelines at Villa, either injured or overlooked by boss Paul Lambert.

However, he now hopes to get more game-time for the Cottagers and wants to score plenty to try and make England boss Roy Hodgson take notice of him ahead of next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Bent said: "If I score a few this season and Fulham do well then I will give myself a chance. I am not looking too far ahead but if I have a good season I will give myself the best opportunity.

"The last time I spoke to Roy he told me I was still in his thoughts. England players should be picked on form so there is no reason why I can't be in one of the squads before the World Cup."

Bent has four goals for the Three Lions in 13 appearances but has not played for the national team since November 2011 and was not named in either the 2006 or 2010 England World Cup squads for Germany and South Africa despite prolific seasons for his clubs at the time, Charlton and Sunderland.

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