Bent considering quitting England

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Sunderland striker Darren Bent considered quitting England after being left out of Fabio Capello's World Cup squad.

The 26-year-old dismissed the Italian's decision to name him in the provisional 30-man party as a "token gesture". However, despite Bent's anger at not being selected for South Africa he is not prepared to give up on his international career just yet.

"I felt that I was taken to Austria as a token gesture," the former Tottenham forward, who has scored 48 goals in the last two season, told The Journal. "It was as though he (Capello) decided he had to take me because of the goals I'd scored. He took me to the training camp, gave me 45 minutes and because I didn't score two goals, that was it. It hurt. I can't deny that was how I felt."

He added: "I had long conversations with my dad and my manager. I just felt I was only there to make up the numbers.

"I thought 'should I just call it a day with England and hang up my boots in international football?' I contemplated it.

"If I couldn't get in the squad after scoring so many goals in the Premier League that season...."

But Bent quickly realised he would be making a rash decision.

"You can't burn your bridges like that," he added.

"I hope it is going to be a meritocracy. A few people have said to me that I've jumped up the pecking order after what happened over there, but who knows?"

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