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England substitutes Adam Johnson and Darren Bent press their cases for starting berths...

England substitutes Adam Johnson and Darren Bent pressed their cases for starting berths after both scoring in the 3-1 victory over Switzerland.

Johnson rounded goalkeeper Diego Benaglio to tap into an empty net to make it 2-0 before Bent opened his international account with a late goal that sealed victory after a tense final 15 minutes of play.

Both players came on for injured team-mates with Johnson replacing Theo Walcott and Bent switching for Jermain Defoe, and both made an impact from the bench.

"That's the aim," Johnson told Sky Sports. "I'm disappointed not to be starting, but I came on and did my best, and hopefully I can get into the starting 11."

Johnson and Bent missed out on a trip to South Africa in the summer, but the Sunderland striker insisted that he must keep looking forward and impressing to win a place in Capello's team.

"It's disappointing to miss out on a World Cup or major tournament," said Bent, "But we've got to put our heads down and keep working for our clubs, which is what we've been doing, and try and put in good performances for them, and if we do that we can't be too far away."

The former Tottenham star expressed his happiness and relief with his first England goal.

"It's definitely special," he said. "I know I've had chances in previous games to get goals and it's not quite gone for me and I think 'I'm never going to get one', but luckily enough tonight I put my foot through it and it went in."

Johnson, who scored his second goal in two substitute appearances after hitting the net against Bulgaria on Friday, revealed the camaraderie in the England camp.

"It's brilliant," he said. "Coming into the qualifying campaign there was a lot of pressure on us, and I think we've given the fans something to cheer about now.

"Two wins, two great results and top of the group. We're full of confidence now and want to push on."

The winger was one of six Manchester City players to finish the game, alongside Shaun Wright-Phillips, James Milner, Gareth Barry, Joleon Lescott and Joe Hart, and said that the feat was "a credit to the club, and long may it continue".


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