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Playing for England like going 'on trial' - Bent

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 (pictured) 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 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 on to the shirt. It would be great to play against someone like Spain and prove you can handle yourself at that level."

Bent spearheads one of the least experienced strikeforces assembled by Capello.

He has won only 11 caps, but that is five more than the combined tally of Gabriel Agbonlahor (3), Danny Welbeck (2), Bobby Zamora (1) and Daniel Sturridge (0).

Capello has an injury doubt over Everton centre-back Phil Jagielka, who has a fractured toe which will be assessed by England's medical staff.


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