Euro 2012 England Team News: Bent Misses Out Again
England manager Fabio Capello confirmed Peter Crouch will start up front with Wayne Rooney against Montenegro after revealing Sunderland striker Darren Bent was forced out with injury.
Online bookmakers are giving away free bets to new customers and cash back special offers for Tuesday’s Euro 2102 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley.
In form Bent was widely tipped to start after scoring his first international goal in England’s 3-1 away win against Switzerland last month.
Having come in for praise from Capello for the dignified way he handled being overlooked for the ill-fated 2010 World Cup squad, pundits were confident Bent would get the recognition his goals scoring exploits deserved.
The former Spurs hitman scored 25 times last season and has continued where he left off having netted eight times already this term.
The England boss informed the press that Bent had been ruled out after picking up an abductor injury when working with his squad mates.
Crouch will hope to continue his impressive scoring record for the national side having bagged 21 goals while collecting his 40 caps.
Online bookmaker 888 Sport are offering odds of 9/2 for Crouch to score the first goal on Tuesday night while they bet 10/3 for Rooney who is expected to play further forward than in recent internationals.
Rio Ferdinad was confirmed as captain, after much debate in the press Capello explained the Manchester United central defender would take the captain’s armband from his vice-captain Steven Gerrard.
Ferdinand returns just as former captain John Terry was pulled out with a back problem and the England manager struggles for numbers in the heart of defence.