Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cats Striker's Mentor - United Legend Shearer; Cats Striker Hails 'Sir Alan'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cats Striker's Mentor - United Legend Shearer; Cats Striker Hails 'Sir Alan'

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Byline: Mark Douglas

SUNDERLAND forward Darren Bent has been taking striking lessons from "Sir Alan" Shearer as he looks to continue his red-hot scoring run.

The pair met at a restaurant opening on Tuesday night and Newcastle's record goalscorer dished out advice to the Sunderland hit-man, currently at the top of the Premier League scoring charts with seven goals since his summer move to Wearside. Bent blogged about the words of encouragement on his Twitter page and paid tribute to Shearer, who he referred to as 'Sir Alan' for his goalscoring exploits during a long and illustrious career.

"The restaurant opening was cool. Alan Shearer gave me some nice words which was even better," he wrote.

"When someone has scored 350+ goals and gives you advice you make sure you listen - and I did."

His obvious respect for Shearer is the latest example of Bent's willingness to integrate into North East life since moving to Sunderland - a trait which has quickly endeared him to the club's supporters.

While Shearer may not be a favourite among Black Cats fans, his goalscoring prowess makes him an ideal man to give advice to Bent - a man hoping to follow in his footsteps into the England side.

Bent's form has taken him to the verge of an England recall, but the forward was not at Wembley for the final World Cup qualifier against Belarus last night.

Fabio Capello had invited every one of the 55 players he had called up for international duty to attend the match as a 'thank you' for their efforts, but Sunderland's training schedule meant he had to miss out.

Bent remains an outside shot for a place in the World Cup squad, but his run of goals means he will be difficult to ignore in the run-up to the tournament - and the striker will be hoping for a chance to impress when England take on Brazil in Qatar on November 14. …

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