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Agbonlahor called-up to replace injured Bent

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Gabriel Agbonlahor has replaced injured stand-in forward Darren Bent in England's squad as Fabio Capello's striker crisis worsened.

The Italian lost Emile Heskey and Carlton Cole to injury after Saturday's 4-0 win over Slovakia at Wembley.

Bent was only drafted into the squad after that match and looked set for a place on the bench against Ukraine on Wednesday, but after just five minutes in training he picked up a knock of unknown severity.

So Capello has turned to Agbonlahor, despite the fact the Aston Villa striker withdrew from the England U-21 squad last week with a hamstring injury.

"Bent is injured. He has some problems with his knee tendon," Capello told Sky Sports News.

"He tried to stay here but after the warm-up there was a problem, so I decided to change players.

"We decided to choose Agbonlahor for the next game.

"I spoke with the manager of Aston Villa and he has been training the last two or three days very well. He is okay now."

With England's forward line severely disrupted ahead of Wednesday's clash at Wembley, Capello has revealed Peter Crouch and Wayne Rooney will start the match.

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