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Bent prepared to fight for regular England striking berth

Darren Bent is under no illusions his England striker role is a given despite scoring during an impressive performance against Denmark. Aston Villa's record signing scored his second goal for his country to help them achieve a 2-1 success.

Then Bent's club-mate Ashley Young capped a fine performance by netting the second-half winner as a substitute.

But Bent is realistic about his prospects of becoming a first-choice player, and knows he has to perform at a high level.

He said: "I can try and put a marker down but there are a lot of good English strikers around.

"It was only a couple of games ago that Jermain Defoe got a hat-trick (against Bulgaria) so there is big competition.

"But as long as I can keep going, keep my club form up and keep trying to put in performances when I'm picked for England, then anything is possible.

"I was happy to get 90 minutes. Fabio (Capello) felt it was right to start me and I managed to get a goal and was happy with the performance."

"But it was a good team performance. The boys did well. Denmark are a good side, they play good football but I thought we coped well tonight."

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