It has been reported that the 25 year old striker is to undergo hypnotherapy sessions in order to tackle his arachnophobia if he is selected to go to the spider infested South Africa which is holding the world cup.
The Sunderland player told a soccer magazine: “I can’t stand spiders. They are so creepy. I don’t hate animals or anything – I used to have a pet snake as a child.
“But don’t get me started on spiders – they terrify me.”
South Africa is renowned for its diverse array of spiders, including tarantulas and the deadly button spider.
However, if England manager Fabio Capello picks Bent for the World Cup 2010 squad, he is willing to do anything to ensure he can represent his country.
The Sun quoted a source as saying: “Darren will do whatever it takes to get to the World Cup. If that includes hypnotherapy to get over his fear of spiders, he’ll do it.”
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