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Birmingham Mail: Darren Bent is determined to hit his first Premier League goal of the season today - to remind England boss Roy Hodgson what he is missing. Bent was omitted from the Three Lions squad for their World Cup 2014 qualifying double header in Moldova and at home to Ukraine.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is determined to fight his way into Roy Hodgson's England set-up in the hope of playing in his first major tournament. The 28-year-old was left out of Hodgson's 23-man squad for the European Championship in the summer after being deemed unfit following a slow recovery from an ankle injury picked up in February. Bent knows he is running out of chances and is determined to avoid missing out on a fourth successive major competition.
ESPN: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists he has no intentions of restoring Alan Hutton and Stephen Warnock to his first team plans. The unwanted defenders have remained at the club after Lambert failed to move them on during the summer transfer window, but the Scot will continue his policy of asking the two experienced full backs to train with the club's development squad, rather than attempt to integrate the pair back into the senior squad.
Express & Star: Paul Lambert hopes Villa's £7m transfer deadline day capture Christian Benteke can bring the best out of Darren Bent. Benteke became Villa's eighth new arrival of the summer after two initial bids had been rejected by Genk for the Belgium international.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert insists it was more important to rebuild Villa's squad with eight Premier League prospects than spend his transfer budget on marquee signings. Ron Vlaar, Karim El Ahmadi, Brett Holman and Matthew Lowton have shown encouraging signs that they can perform in the English top flight in the first few weeks of the season. And Villa Park is set to get its first glimpse of their fellow new boys Joe Bennett, Ashley Westwood, Christian Benteke and Jordan Bowery against Swansea this afternoon.
Birmingham Mail: Alan Hutton and Stephen Warnock are still training with Villa's kids and Paul Lambert would prefer the unwanted duo go out on loan rather than return to first-team duty. Lambert's efforts to get rid of the faltering full-backs were unsuccessful when the claret and blues failed to attract enquiries for the pair during the transfer window.
Daily Express: David Platt sends his best wishes today as Ashley Westwood follows in his footsteps on a journey from Crewe to Aston Villa - and who knows on to what glory after that.
Daily Mail: Everton are considering a move for out of contract midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger to plug a worrying gap in their squad. Manager David Moyes sanctioned a one-month loan for Ross Barkley to Sheffield Wednesday on Friday but will be without Darron Gibson for another two to three weeks, as the Republic of Ireland international recovers from a ruptured thigh.
Daily Mail: Paul Lambert's gamble on youth gets its first test at Villa Park on Saturday, as £8m striker Christian Benteke makes his entrance into English football. The Aston Villa boss followed a high-risk policy of buying young and all of them may play against Swansea City.
Telegraph: Darren Bent is determined to avoid missing a fourth successive major tournament as he bids to prevent Roy Hodgson from closing the door on the career of another senior England striker. Bent has admitted he wants to make himself "impossible to ignore" this season and prove he can still be part of Hodgson's new era on the road to Rio, after enduring another summer of frustration.
Independent: The Aston Villa manager, Paul Lambert, is ready to introduce his crop of unproven summer signings after insisting they have become battle-hardened in the lower leagues. Lambert has included midfielder Ashley Westwood (Crewe Alexandra), striker Jordan Bowery (Chesterfield) and defender Joe Bennett in the squad for today's Premier League game with Swansea City.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert insists there was "nothing personal" about his decision to drop Shay Given after suggesting Brad Guzan is now the man in possession of the goalkeeper's jersey.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert wants Christian Benteke to bring out the best in Darren Bent ahead of the Belgium battering-ram's potential Villa Park debut against Swansea today. Benteke trained on Thursday and yesterday and Lambert is weighing up whether to throw him in from the start or introduce him from the bench this afternoon.
The Sun: Villa boss Paul Lambert reckons £7m giant Christian Benteke will terrify defences — and fire up Darren Bent. Even hardline Scot Lambert admits he would think twice about tangling with the 6ft 3in Belgian.
The Sun: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has called for an end to the pre-match handshake.
Mirror: Ambitious Macclesfield want Emile Heskey to help them back into the Football League at the first attempt.
Mirror: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists new £7.5m striker Christian Benteke will help axed England ace Darren Bent hit international form again.
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