Bent ruled out for England
Monday 11 October 2010
Darren Bent has been ruled out of England's Euro 2012 qualifying match with Montenegro tomorrow.
The Sunderland striker sustained a groin injury in training today, adding to England manager Fabio Capello's injury problems ahead of the Wembley match.
Capello told a press conference televised by Sky Sports News: "Darren Bent is out - I think we will play Peter Crouch."
Central defenders John Terry and Phil Jagielka have already withdrawn from the squad because of injury, although Rio Ferdinand is back in the side - and will regain the captain's armband from Steven Gerrard.
Capello continued: "I spoke with Steven yesterday evening and explained why Rio will be captain against Montenegro. He understood everything - he knows the rules. I have also told the players that Rio would be captain.
"I decided when I started as England manager who will be the captain and the vice-captain. The players understand why Rio is the captain, and after him Steve Gerrard, and after Gerrard another one.
"When I spoke with Steven I told him, 'you were a fantastic captain and you have to play like a captain tomorrow."'
Capello is confident Ferdinand's knee problems are behind him, adding: "I have monitored him - he is fit completely. Also I watched the game against Valencia. I think now he's 100% fit.
"There is no problem about Rio's injuries. He's really good when he plays.
"He's really important for the other players, he speaks a lot during the game. It's really important for me, I prefer this kind of player on the pitch."
The Italian did not feel the need to call up another central defender following Terry's withdrawal, adding: "I've worked with the back four and I have big confidence in these players. The ones who are here are good at the moment.
"Hopefully we will play in the same style as we did against Switzerland."
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