Bent in England U21s
Thursday, 3rd Feb 2005 18:44
Striker Darren Bent has been included in the England U21 squad for the friendly with Holland at Derby's Pride Park next Tuesday (KO 8pm). The match is being shown live by Sky Sports One.
If he plays, Bent will win his 11th England U21 cap. The frontman has scored seven goals, all after coming on as a substitute.
Bent netted England's last minute winner in the 3-2 win against the Dutch at Hull's KC Stadium in February 2004.
Englan U21 boss Peter Taylor says he will use the game to give some fresh faces a chance: "This friendly is an excellent chance to have a close look at some new players, particularly as I took the decision not to include any players who have games on Sunday.
"Tom Huddlestone has been playing very well week-in, week-out for Derby and is an excellent passer of the ball with great vision.
"Dean Marney has done well since breaking into the Spurs first team and is versatile enough to play in a number of right-sided positions, while Kieran Richardson is a great talent who offers balance on the left.
"He was always going to find chances hard to come by at Manchester United with Ryan Giggs ahead of him, but has the chance to establish himself on loan at West Brom.
"I'm looking forward to working with them all and seeing how they settle in. It will be a difficult test against the Dutch, who always produce high quality teams with outstanding individuals."
Squad: Camp (Derby), Carson (Liverpool), Lonergan (Preston), Baines (Wigan), Dawson (Tottenham), Harding (Brighton), Hoyte (Arsenal), Huddlestone (Derby), Marney (Tottenham), Ridgewell (Aston Villa), Taylor (Newcastle), Carter (Birmingham), Milner (Newcastle), O'Neil (Portsmouth), Richardson (Man Utd), Routledge (Crystal Palace), Watts (Crystal Palace), Welsh (Liverpool), Whittingham (Aston Villa), Ashton (Norwich), Bent (Ipswich), Cole (Chelsea), Stead (Blackburn).
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