SUNDERLAND’S BENT MISSES OUT

It appears that striker Darren Bent has failed to impress in an England jersey once again and has been left out of the World Cup squad, Mirror Football is reporting.

According to the report, the Sunderland forward – who was tipped by many, including his club manager Steve Bruce and team-mates to make the squad for the trip to South Africa, was axed from the original 30 man squad Fabio Capello finalized for the tournament this morning.

Bent was the second best English goalscorer this season with 24 goals but his form for England has not been as productive.

It was the second successive World Cup Bent will missed out at the final stages, having suffered the same fate before the Germany 2006 tournament.

Bruce targets Wigan Duo

SUNDERLAND are today said to be preparing a £9m double summer swoop on manager Steve Bruce’s old club Wigan.

The former Manchester United player is a long-standing admirer of the Latics’ Honduras defender Maynor Figueroa, and tried to sign him in the January transfer window.

And, according to today’s Daily Mirror, he is also keen to bring goalkeeper Chris Kirkland to the Stadium of Light, to compete with Craig Gordon for the No 1 shirt.

Bruce signed Figueora, 27, from Olimpia for a miserly £250,000 two years ago, and Wigan has warned it will take a bid of around £8m to prise him away.

Bruce is said to fancy his chances at around £6m, however, and could also make a bid for England international Kirkland, who is on big money at the DW Stadium, and could be moved on to reduce the wage bill.

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