Aston Villa striker Darren Bent hailed his partnership with Gabby Agbonlahor after victory over Norwich City.

Bent is confident that Agbonlahor, who set up his two goals against the Canaries, could also make the step up if chosen by Fabio Capello.

Bent said: "Everyone knows that there is a void there to be filled by England next summer (at Euro 2012) with Wayne Rooney suspended for the opening three games (pending an appeal).

"There is no reason why myself and Gabby cannot get in the England team together and it should help England that we play week in and week out together at club level.

"There is no doubt that Gabby is right on top of his game and he has really stepped forward and up to the mark this season."