Benty "very interesting"
Warm applause from the Anfield crowd echoed what most Charlton fans felt after Darren Bent's England debut today. I listened to the live commentary and have had the television re-run on tonight and he gave a lively performance, with typical good movement and energy.
He looked more relaxed in the 2nd half, after a, perhaps only natural, over-eager opening and it was pleasing that Eriksson gave him a full 80 minutes.
In fact Eriksson and Grip do seem to be fans of Darren and the manager's comments afterwards were very positive: "Darren Bent showed, especially in the second half, some nice movement. He was a bit unlucky and another time might have scored a goal. For me he was very interesting."
Defoe is obviously Bent's rival for the last strike position after Owen, Rooney and Crouch although the Swede has said that he might take two other strikers. In Bent's favour and I think shown today, he does add something different and his strength and height hopefully will put him on the plane.
But with no more England games until the squad is picked on May 15th, the Premiership form of Defoe and Bent will clearly decide their fate. Lets hope Benty's team mates don't let him, or Luke Young down.
On a different note, I was fortunate to witness Luke Young's England debut
and as a Charlton fan I felt very proud. I was wondering if there were any Addicks at Anfield tonight?