Bent believes Aston Villa team-mate Agbonlahor can still be an England star

The striker rejects the idea that his fellow Villans forward cannot stake a claim for a place in the Three Lions squad and denies comments that he does not gel with the club
Aston Villa striker Darren Bent insists Gabriel Agbonlahor is good enough for a place in the England team and believes rumours of him not getting on with other players from the national squad are wide of the mark.

Agbonlahor has stated his desire to represent his country at the highest level, but so far injuries and reported differences with other players have led to the 25-year-old only clocking up three senior Three Lions call-ups.

However, his Villans team-mate stated that the striker fits in with the other members of the team, while adding that if he gets over his injury problems there is no reason why he can't shine for both club and country.

"He's cool, all the lads get on with Gabby," Bent told The Sun.

"I'd like to think me and Gabby could be picked for the same England squad again.

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"When you've got that much pace and that explosiveness he's always going to have problems with his hamstrings.

"If he can get over that there's no reason why he can’t force himself in.

"At the start of last season his performances were fantastic.

"I know he maybe didn't get the goals he would have liked in the second half of the season but it’s hard when you have injuries here and there.

"We all know what he is capable of and with a good run I'm sure he can show that for Villa and England."

Hodgson's men are currently mid-way through their Euro 2012 campaign, and having defeated Sweden on Friday night the Three Lions face co-hosts Ukraine in their final Group D game on Tuesday knowing that anything but a defeat will see them qualify for the quarter-finals.