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Coaching and Development Manager
Football Federation South Australia
Bent targets more goals
Darren Bent has admitted he needs to increase his goals per game ratio as he looks to cement a place in the England squad for Euro 2012.
The Aston Villa striker has resumed training after missing the last two games with a thigh problem and is expected to return to action in Monday's Premier League clash at Stoke.
He has performed well enough this season, netting five times in 14 appearances, but wants to do better during the second half of the campaign.
Bent said: "Throughout my career, I've always maintained a one-in-two ratio and at the moment it's virtually one every three games this season.
"I could easily be in double figures and had numerous chances this season but for some reason it just hasn't been happening.
"But all it takes is a goal here and there and things will kick back into place.
"As long as the chances keep coming, I'm confident I can score regularly."
Nothing for granted
While Bent has become a more regular fixture in the England squad over the past 18 months, he is not taking anything for granted about his place at next summer's tournament.
Having missed out on selection for the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, Bent knows he will have to keep performing well to get on the plane to Poland and Ukraine.
Bent said: "I'd love to be part of a major tournament with England but I never take anything for granted or count my chickens.
"I suppose I'm like that because a lot has happened to me with England squads.
"I missed out on the 2006 and 2010 World Cups after being in contention beforehand.
"But I just hope I do myself justice, play well for Villa, and keep hold of the shirt and stay part of the squad."
Villa boss Alex McLeish confirmed he expects Bent to be available for the trip to the Britannia Stadium.
He said: "Darren looked sharp in training and I don't see any reason why he won't be involved on Monday."
Date: 2011-12-26 11:01:12