Bent hits England double
Poland Under-21s 1England Under-21s 3By Derek DavisChief Football WriterDARREN Bent kept up his amazing international goal record by netting twice in England's European Championship win over Poland last night.
Poland Under-21s 1
England Under-21s 3
By Derek Davis
Chief Football Writer
DARREN Bent kept up his amazing international goal record by netting twice in England's European Championship win over Poland last night.
The Blues striker converted a 72nd-minute penalty and nodded in a second seven minutes from time to take his tally for the Under-21s to six goals in eight appearances - all after coming off the bench.
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All the other four goals had come in the final three minutes of games, but Bent won't mind getting off the mark a bit earlier than usual.
Bent got the call in the 64th minute and replaced Arsenal striker David Bentley, who is on loan at Norwich City.
The 20-year-old Town scorer, who is being coveted by Charlton and watched closely by other Premiership clubs, also scored for Peter Taylor's side last Friday, in the win over Austria in the European Championships qualifying group.
The double will go some way to making up for the Championship goal which was taken off him by the Football League, who have now credited the opening goal against Wolves as a Joey Craddock own goal.
Bent's Town team-mate Ian Westlake felt further frustration at being left out of the 16 once again after spending 10 days with the squad.
Poland got off to a good start with the impressive Marcin Burkhardt netting after just five minutes.
England equalised in controversial circumstances moments before the break.
The Poles felt aggrieved that the English didn't kick the ball out of play when one of their number was down, instead they played on and Carlton Cole levelled with an excellent control on the chest and then volley on the turn.
Dariusz Dudka was dismissed for arguing the point and England held the numerical advantage for the second half.
Arsenal midfielder Jermaine Pennant won a fortunate penalty and Bent sent the keeper the wrong way with a perfectly taken right-footed spot-kick just six minutes after going on.
England's third, and Bent's second, came seven minutes from time when Cole set him up with a terrific touch and the Town striker nodded the ball down past the keeper from eight yards.
The win puts England top of the group with Lewis Price's Wales side coming up next month at Blackburn's Ewood Park.