"For me, he would have to be in the squad because he scores a goal - he has scored against all the big clubs.
"But it's not just his goalscoring, his appetite and his work-rate are absolutely unbelievable
"This display shows what type of person he is. His overall work-rate and attitude for it were terrific after what has been a difficult couple of weeks for him, missing a penalty at Tottenham and then the England debacle.
Bruce delighted with Arsenal scalp
"But he has bounced back the way he should."
And Bruce insisted he would have no hesitation in taking Bent to South Africa if he were England coach, saying: "Absolutely, 100%.
"I actually don't think Mr Capello will take any notice of that (the friendly against Brazil). I would have thought he will pick a team that's in form, and when you have got an outstanding goalscorer, as Darren is..."
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