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Darren Bent defends Southampton ace Danny Ings over England snub

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Darren Bent defends Southampton ace Danny Ings over England snub

The Saints striker played just 22 minutes of the recent England internationals.

Former England striker and Talksport pundit Darren Bent has jumped to the defence of Southampton striker Danny Ings over his playing time for the national team.

The Saints talisman enjoyed a scintillating campaign during 2019/20, scoring 25 goals from his 42 games in all competitions.

Despite such form in front of goals, England boss Gareth Southgate chose to utilise the striker for just 22 minutes in two games against Iceland and Denmark.

The Three Lions incumbent left Ings sat on the bench during a drab 0-0 draw in Copenhagen last night, despite starting with an experimental eleven.

Bent used the opportunity as a chance to speak of his bemusement, whilst also explaining that he completely gets why Jamie Vardy chose to retire from international duty.


Of late England have failed to scale the heights of the 2018 World Cup when Southgate oversaw a run to the semi-finals.

The Three Lions were defeated 2-1 by Croatia that night but the seed had supposedly been planted for a bright new future.

England recently have looked more like the bland, disjointed team of previous managers and the games against Iceland and Denmark were largely woeful.

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Southgate has typically been a master of picking players bang in form for their clubs but even that trait seems to be evaporating under the manager.


Ings enjoyed a stunning campaign last season and it does seem comical that the £75k-a-week star didn’t play a single minute last night.

Southgate opted to go with three holding midfielders in the first half and unsurprisingly England struggled for a creative spark.

Harry Kane played the full 90 minutes last night despite looking physically exhausted and Ings must be left wondering what he needs to do to earn a chance.

Bent scored four goals for England during his career and with his latest Tweet, he definitely has a point.

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