"I can't do much more than I'm doing at the moment," said Bent, after scoring his sixth goal of the season during Sunderland's 5-2 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. "Hopefully Capello is watching."
Bent makes no secret of the fact he was crushed not to make the last World Cup and said we would be "heartbroken" to miss out this time around. His one opportunity under Capello to date came in last year's friendly win over Germany, when the striker was brought on as a half-time substitute but failed to make the desired impression.
"I went round the keeper and slipped over," said Bent. "Things like that define your England career. If that goes in I could be in the next four or five squads - but it wasn't meant to be.
"You can't really be judged on 20 minutes here, 20 minutes there."