Darren Bent focused on World Cup after missing out on Euros

England striker Darren Bent
Darren Bent assured of international future

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent says England manager Roy Hodgson has assured him he will be a part of his plans for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

Bent, 28, was not named in England's Euro 2012 squad after failing to recover from an ankle injury.

But Bent said: "He [Hodgson] told me I would be part of the World Cup qualifiers.

"My aim now is to perform well for Villa next season and then hopefully I will be picked by England as well."

Bent's Premier League season was brought to an end back in February, when he suffered ankle ligament damage in a game against Wigan.

It is the third third time Bent has suffered international disappointment, having not been selected for the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

"Training the next day after I found out [I wasn't selected] was hard. The fitness guy at Villa even told me I looked a bit demotivated," Bent added.

"It was hard to take initially but now it's about bouncing back and moving on."

Despite his disappointment, Bent praised the way Hodgson handled his situation.

He said: "Roy rang me and told me he couldn't pick me for the Euros because I hadn't played any games and so he couldn't take the chance of taking me to a tournament.

"I've had three phone calls now to tell me I wouldn't be going to various tournaments but Roy's was the best and he was understanding and really good with me on the phone."

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