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Striker Bent gets England call-up

International friendly: Brazil v England
Venue: Qatar, Doha Date: Saturday, 14 November Kick-off: 1700 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live and online, with text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobile phones. Live on ITV1


Darren Bent
Bent made his only appearance under Capello against Germany in 2008

Sunderland striker Darren Bent has been named in the England squad to face Brazil in a friendly on 14 November.

Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock and Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone have also been called up.

Midfielder David Beckham will miss the friendly after his LA Galaxy side reached Friday's Major League Soccer Western Conference final.

The match in Qatar is the penultimate game before coach Fabio Capello names his provisional World Cup squad.

Sunderland forward Bent, who has eight Premier League goals, will be looking to shine in the absence of the injured Emile Heskey.

Bent's Sunderland manager Steve Bruce feels the striker's call-up is just reward for his performance so far this season after joining from Tottenham in a £10m deal last summer.

"Darren is a top lad with an immaculate work-rate on and off the pitch and it's a testament to his record and attitude that Mr Capello has decided to add him to the squad," Bruce told the club's official website, www.safc.com.

"If you look at the number and type of goals he's scored this season, it shows what a well-rounded player he is.

"When we first signed him, I was amazed at his natural ability in front of goal and said to myself 'this lad's going to be a top player for this club, that's for sure'."

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"The fact he's kept going after not making other squads shows the type of lad he is - I'm absolutely over the moon for him."

Bent, 25, has made one appearance under Capello, while Warnock, 27, made an eight-minute substitute appearance in Trinidad last year and Huddlestone, 22, is still to make his senior debut.

Beckham, 34, was initially included in Capello's squad but under the proviso that he would be released if the Galaxy beat Chivas in the MLS Western Conference semi-final on Sunday.

A 1-0 win in the second leg at the Home Depot Centre gave Galaxy a 3-2 aggregate victory and booked a meeting with Houston Dynamo in the final.

Beckham, though, was forced out of the match after 78 minutes after taking a knock to his lower back, and watched the remainder of the action with an ice-pack on the injury.

England coach Capello has once again overlooked Manchester United's Michael Owen and there is no place for defender Ashley Cole, who is returning from injury.

Heading the long list of injuries for England are Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard, along with Aaron Lennon and Carlton Cole.

The last time England played Brazil was in a 1-1 draw at the opening of the new Wembley Stadium in June 2007.

The match takes place in the 50,000-seater Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.


England squad:
Goalkeepers: Ben Foster (Manchester United), Robert Green (West Ham), Joe Hart (Manchester City).
Defenders: Wayne Bridge (Manchester City), Wes Brown (Manchester United), Gary Cahill (Bolton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea), Matthew Upson (West Ham), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).
Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Huddlestone, Jermaine Jenas (both Tottenham), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Aston Villa), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Aston Villa).
Strikers: Darren Bent (Sunderland), Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe (both Tottenham), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)



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see also
Capello warns injury-hit players
07 Nov 09 |  Internationals
England face Brazil in friendly
23 Sep 09 |  Internationals
How Capello has lifted England
09 Sep 09 |  Internationals
England 5-1 Croatia
09 Sep 09 |  Internationals


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