Darren Ashley Bent – born 6 February 1984 – is former professional footballer who played as a striker.
He played in the Premier League and Championship for nine clubs, and at senior international level for the England national team.
Bent started his career with Godmanchester Rovers before being scouted by Ipswich Town.
After progressing through their youth system, he made his first-team debut in 2001.
He made 122 appearances and scored 48 goals in the league for Ipswich, before joining Charlton Athletic for a fee of £2.5 million in 2005.
He was Charlton Athletic’s top goalscorer for two consecutive seasons and joined Tottenham Hotspur for a club-record fee of £16.5 million in 2007 joining the club he supported as a boy.
After two seasons at Tottenham, he joined Sunderland.
After a successful 18 months at Sunderland, he joined Aston Villa in 2011.
Bent had loans with Fulham, Brighton & Hove Albion and Derby County, and after being released by Villa in 2015, joined Derby permanently.
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