Sunderland striker Darren Bent is grateful to manager Steve Bruce for rescuing his career. Only Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba scored more Premier League goals as the £10million man collected 24 of his 25 for the campaign in the league, rekindling a career which had been going nowhere until Bruce rescued him from Tottenham. Bent said: "He has been fantastic. It had been a while since I had had a manager behind me 100% like Steve is. "He has been brilliant - every time I have scored a goal, he has said, 'He should be playing for England, he should be playing for England'. "He has been the driving force because he was the one who came and got me from Spurs. "When I spoke to him, he said he wanted me to come to this football club. He came and got me, put in all the hours and all the work to get me after the long, drawn-out transfer saga. "It's nice to play for him - and hopefully, I have repaid him with some goals."