England injury nightmare: Who to replace Darren Bent?

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The untimely injury to Darren Bent, which leaves the Aston Villa forward on the sidelines for the remainder of the season, leaves England with something of striker crisis heading into this summer's European Championships.

In the absence of Wayne Rooney, who will miss the first two games of the finals following his sending off against Montenegro in England's last qualifying match, an untested frontman in major competition will likely be thrust into action, at least until the Manchester United man's return.

England begin their Euro 2012 campaign against France, before taking on Sweden prior to the expected return of Rooney against co-hosts Ukraine.

GMF takes a look at the contenders to fill the Bent and Rooney's births for those opening matches.

Fraizer Campbell - Sunderland
England caps: 0
International goals: 0

Two goals since his return from a double anterior cruciate ligament injury, having last played in August 2010, have propelled him into Stuart Pearce's thinking after playing a major part for him at Under-21 level.

Will be itching for an opportunity come the meeting with Holland on Wednesday night. At 24, he's still yet to make 50 Premier League appearances and despite serving his apprenticeship at Old Trafford, is someway behind his rivals in the pecking order.

Andy Carroll - Liverpool
England caps: 3
International goals: 1

A disappointing 12 months for Liverpool has undermined his challenge to make the 23-man squad, and having been omitted for the friendly with Holland, he had plenty to do.

His form has improved of late though, helping the Reds win the Carling Cup on Sunday, and his physical presence would give England flexibility in their selection and style of play.

Jermain Defoe - Tottenham Hotspur
England caps: 46
International goals: 15

Brings with him a wealth of experience, having scored 15 international goals, including in the last World Cup finals.

Eight goals in eight starts represents a decent showing in the Premier League this term, despite playing second fiddle to Emmanuel Adebayor and Louis Saha, something that could count against him come the summer.

Daniel Sturridge - Chelsea
England caps: 1
International goals: 0

After a fruitful spell at Bolton Wanderers last term, Sturridge has impressed in his first full season at Stamford Bridge. Despite not yet being in-trusted with a lone birth up-front, Sturridge has netted nine times in the Premier League.

However, where he fits in England's 4-3-3 formation, with Ashley Young and Stewart Downing around, and whether his occasional wastefulness on the ball is worth risking in a major tournament, are questions requiring answers before his selection is rubber stamped.

Danny Welbeck - Manchester United
England caps: 3
International goals: 0

Another who has returned to their parent club a new man following a loan spell last season. Welbeck has flourished with United, leap-frogging Javier Hernandez in the pecking order and developing a decent partnership with Wayne Rooney, a perhaps crucial trump card.

Would certainly represent a like-for-like replacement for Bent, but his rigid style might see him miss out to the effervescent Sturridge, and more experienced Defoe.

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