Disappointed Bent sets sights on 2014 World Cup

Ankle injury has kept the Aston Villa forward out of this summer's European Championship in Ukraine and Poland and is determined to make an impact in two years time in Brazil
Darren Bent has insisted he will channel missing out on a place in England's squad for Euro 2012 into making an impact at the 2014 World Cup.

Bent was a regular member in the side that qualified for this summer's tournament, scoring against Switzerland, Wales and in the vital draw against Montenegro.

But the forward missed the final three months of the Premier League season due to an ankle injury, and he has proved to be a gamble Roy Hodgson cannot afford to take with Wayne Rooney missing the opening two games through suspension.

Bent told Aston Villa's official website: "I now look to the World Cup in two years and will try to be involved in that one. I want to put myself in contention again."

The Aston Villa talisman is yet to feature in a major tournament for England after missing out on the 2006 and 2010 World Cup's, and despite being overlooked again he is keen to make the next major England squad.

"This won't stop me or deter me," he continued.

"I am determined to come back stronger like I have the previous two times I have missed out."

Bent also reflected on a disappointing season at Villa park and is now turning his attention to next term and doing well for Aston Villa's new manager, following Alex McLeish's sacking.

"My total focus is on Villa next season now," said Bent. "I am confident we will improve and have a much better season. The previous one was obviously not great but this is a massive club and we have to make sure that was just a blip.

"We need to get behind the new manager when he comes in and put all our efforts into the new campaign."