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Mame Biram Diouf

Can Bent Lead England To Euro 2012 ''Success''?

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With England fans and players in shock with Wayne Rooney getting the worst possible news with a 3 game ban at Euro 2012, Darren Bent has the opportunity to become England’s number one striker and main man.

Comparably this season Wayne Rooney has had a better season by means of goals scored, with a ratio of 1 goal per game, with Bent scoring 1 in 2.


As shown above, Darren Bent has proved more deadly in front of goal by converting more of his chances and hitting the target more. With all due respect to Aston Villa they do not possess the creativity the Manchester United team do, with Rooney having more shots than Bent this season, albeit putting away at a less conversion rate, but with more chances he does have more goals.

But interesting their England records compare very similarly…

Wayne Rooney 15 in 46

Darren Bent 4 in 11

Wayne Rooney 1 every 3 games

Darren Bent 1 every 2.75 games

In fact Bent’s record is better, but obviously Rooney offers more than just goals. Although Rooney’s record in the last 2 tournament’s isn’t favourable…

Games 8

Goals 0

Shots 7


As shown, Bent still leads the way by means of the best conversion rate and is still second behind Rooney on goals, joint with the other Aston Villa man Gabby Agbonlahor.

Surely when the time comes and Bent is in the squad come the summer of 2012 we want to see someone being clinical in front of goal. Rooney gets the goals, but won’t have the creativity of Nani and others to give him several chances. Bent has had less shots than all the strikers, but is clinical.

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