Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Capello Will Return, Reckons Turner; Cats Hope to See a Lot More of Capello

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Capello Will Return, Reckons Turner; Cats Hope to See a Lot More of Capello

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MICHAEL Turner has predicted Sunderland will be seeing a lot more of England manager Fabio Capello this season as he tipped Darren Bent to make a richly deserved international comeback, writes LUKE EDWARDS.

Although the Black Cats were shattered at the end of their valiant 2-2 draw with Manchester United on Saturday, Turner denied the pain would linger as the players were proud of their performance against the reigning Premier League champions.

And, having seen Capello at a Sunderland game for only the second time since the Italian took over as England coach two years ago, Turner feels it is about time he became a regular visitor to the North East. Turner has also been talked about as a potential England player, but it is the form of Bent which has got people talking this season and the defender has no qualms about pushing him for an England recall.

The leading English goalscorer in the top flight has been left out of Capello's squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Ukraine and Belarus this week, but the former Tottenham man is putting immense pressure on the national manager with his club performances.

"We knew the England manager was there," said Turner, who is starting to settle at Sunderland following his late transfer window switch from Hull City. "Darren's been scoring for fun and I'm sure people will be coming to watch him for the rest of the season. "Fair play to him, he's been on fire, and with him and Kenwyne (Jones), we look a real threat going forward. Darren's lethal. Everything he hits seems to be going in, and that's even true when I'm playing against him in training. "His partnership with Kenwyne is a real threat, because they're both difficult players to play against. They were a handful for Manchester United's centre-halves, and that shows just how good they are.

"Hopefully, they will continue to play like that. I've played against Darren a couple of times, and his movement is excellent. …

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