It might be 15 years on, however not being picked for the 2006 World Cup nonetheless hurts Darren Bent.
Heading into the event, the then Charlton striker fired in 18 Premier League objectives and was the highest scoring Englishman within the nation.
Solely Thierry Henry (27) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (21) scored greater than Bent that season.
Remarkably, Bent was omitted from Sven-Goran Eriksson’s England squad as Theo Walcott was chosen.
Walcott was simply 17 on the time and had by no means made an look within the Premier League, having spent the season within the Championship with Southampton earlier than signing for Arsenal.
The England boss additionally admitted earlier than the event even began that he wouldn’t get any recreation time, he was simply going for the expertise.
All of the extra baffling as Wayne Rooney headed into the event recovering from a metatarsal damage and didn’t begin the primary two group video games.
The World Cup in the end led to disappointment as England crashed out of the quarter-finals on penalties to Portugal, with Rooney despatched off early in that recreation.
Eriksson joined talkSPORT Breakfast on Tuesday with Bent taking the chance to get some solutions as to why he didn’t go.
Bent requested: “Clearly I’m going to return to 2006, for private causes. Theo Walcott, I didn’t go, what was your considering behind that?”
Eriksson’s reply was notably savage in direction of Bent and thinks it wouldn’t have made a distinction whoever he picked.
Eriksson advised talkSPORT: “Walcott? Properly I couldn’t discover anybody higher. Then I believed why not take him along with his velocity, but in addition whenever you decide quantity 23 he’ll in all probability not win the World Cup for you.
“I believed, for the long run, he can be excellent and it was a pity he couldn’t play and depended loads that Rooney received despatched off and we performed an hour with 10 towards 11 towards Portugal within the quarter-final. It was not time to vary something at the moment.
“We will focus on that for a very long time. I believed it was a good suggestion and I had numerous talks about it and determined to take him.
“The media had been very constructive about it, however when he didn’t play they had been very unfavourable about it.
“We did it. If it was proper or mistaken, who is aware of. No matter I had achieved there, it wouldn’t have modified the consequence within the World Cup.”
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