Bent not expecting to be dropped

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Darren Bent is confident his glaring miss would not see him dropped from the England side, despite it denying them a crucial victory over Switzerland.

Aston Villa striker Bent blazed over the crossbar with the goal gaping as England drew 2-2 with Switzerland to open the door for Montenegro to overtake them in European Championship qualifying Group G. The 27-year-old also failed to score when put through one on one but he revealed afterwards that manager Fabio Capello had reassured him about the misses.

Bent said: "Fabio said, 'Don't worry about it'. I'm a striker, all strikers miss chances and I'm sure when the next ones comes along I'll bury them."

He added: "As a striker, you practise taking chances and, obviously, today it wasn't meant to be.

"But we move on from that, take the positives from the game.

"I thought our second-half performance was good and we'll move on to the next international."

Saturday's game was Bent's third start in the last four internationals.

He added: "It's gone really well.

"Fabio's shown real faith in me this season - I thank him for that. And he's played me again for another 90, which hasn't happened before in the past, and I'm over the moon about it.

"All I can keep doing is doing well for my club side, which I've done this season, and get a good rest under my belt. It's been a long old season."

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