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Darren Bent's Biography

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Darren Bent was born on 6 February, 1984, in south London.

As a youngster Darren Bent joined Ipswich Town and came through the youth system.

Bent often played but never really starred in the first team until the 2004-05 season when he top-scored for Ipswich with 19 league goals.

After Ipswich's third successive season of failing to reach the Premiership, Darren Bent decided to move on and was snapped up by Charlton for £2.7m, in the summer of 2005.

Many described it as the best value for money transfer that year.

Bent has represented England at under-19 level and was called up to the full squad for the friendly against Denmark in August 2005, in which England lost 4-1.

Darren Bent got his first England cap as a member of the starting line-up against Uruguay in the March 2006 friendly at Anfield.

On the first day of the new season at Charlton, Darren Bent had a dream debut scoring 2 goals against Premiership new boys Sunderland and continued his explosive scoring record of hitting the back of the net every match for a few games at the beginning of the season.

In spite of Darren Bent being the top scoring Englishman in the Premiership in the 2005/6 season with 18 goals, he was left out of England's 2006 World Cup squad.

In July 2006, Darren Bent signed a new four-year contract with Charlton, however, a year later on 29 June 2007 Darren Bent signed for Spurs for a club record transfer fee of £16.5m.

In August 2009, Darren Bent was transferred from Spurs to Sunderland for a fee of £10m, possibly rising to £16.5m.

In January 2011 Darren Bent put in a written transfer request to leave Sunderland and it was soon confirmed that he had been signed by Aston Villa.

He then had loans spells at Fulham, Brighton and Derby, before signing to Derby in 2015.

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