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Bent replaces Johnson

By Brenz
October 2 2006

Charlton Athetic top scorer Darrent Bent is today called up for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Macedonia and Croatia. He will replace Andrew Johnson, who was forced to pull out of the England squad through injury. Everton and Premier League top scorer Andrew Johnson substained a hamstring injury during the last minutes of Saturday's 1-1 draw against Manchester City.

England boss Steve McClaren told the official FA website:

"Andy's out of the games against Macedonia and Croatia with a hamstring injury which he picked up in the last minute against Manchester City on Saturday.

"It's a real blow because he's made a massive impact already with Everton this season and I've been hugely impressed by him. He's got such a great attitude and is a constant threat to any defence.

"He was certainly knocking very hard on the door for a place in the team, so it's a disappointment to lose him.

"However, I've spoken to (England Under-21 boss) Peter Taylor and I can confirm that Darren Bent will now join the senior squad when we meet tomorrow.

"We're fortunate that we are able to call Darren up from the Under-21s. He's already got experience of being involved in several senior squads and he's a player with excellent ability and a real goal threat."

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