Bent eyes Rooney replacement role

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Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is aiming to fill Wayne Rooney's boots at Euro 2012 if the Manchester United man's three-match ban isn't overturned.

Rooney will face an appeal hearing on December 8th, with the Football Association hoping the forward's three-game ban, for his sending off against Montenegro last month, will be shortened to permit him appearing for England in the group stage of next summer's European Championships.

However, if Rooney's appeal is unsuccessful, Bent hopes he can step in ably to fire England to the knock-out phase.

"I hope so. It's about what you do for your club side now and as long as I can keep playing well for Aston Villa and the next friendly for England,” he said.

“If I can get picked for that squad and do well, hopefully I will be there.

"I'm happy with how things are going at the moment. And as long as I keep playing well for my club side and keep getting in Fabio's side then I will be happy.”

England adopted a defensive philosophy against Spain and, despite battling to victory, received ample criticism for their style of play, but according to Bent England can be adaptable when it comes to playing in a major tournament.

"There is still a long way to go and I'm sure the Euros will be a different case. But as long as we keep winning games and playing well then that's all that matters," Bent added. "I'm sure Fabio has got the answer up his sleeve.

"We have played against two completely different teams and come through the test. It's going to be difficult but we are going into the tournament full of confidence and we can't wait to get going."

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