By Darren Bent

11th Feb, 2020 | 4:19pm

'It's killed him' - Exclusive: Bent fumes over Ancelotti decision on 'Brilliant' Everton ace

Darren Bent has been left fuming over Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to axe Mason Holgate from the Everton side versus Crystal Palace.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and England hitman believes that the Italian boss has “killed” the centre-back’s chances of making a late push for the England squad.

The Toffees, who lined up with Michael Keane and Yerry Mina at the heart of their defence, saw off Roy Hodgson’s side thanks to goals from Bernard, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Bent believes that with Everton putting in a convincing performance, Holgate faces a struggle to get back into the side and as such will harm his chances of playing for England this season.

Bent told Football Insider: “I thought he’s been brilliant but it’s killed him a bit because they’ve won 3-1, played relatively well so it’s a bit of a killer.

“I thought Holgate maybe had an outside chance of making that England squad so I don’t know now. 

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“It’s going to be difficult for him.”

Holgate, who arrived at Goodison Park from Barnsley back in 2015, has played 24 times across all competitions this season, operating as both a centre-back and a right-back for Ancelotti.

He has a total of 72 appearances under his belt for the Toffees since moving from the Tykes but was sent on loan to Championship side West Brom for the second half of last season.

In other Everton news, Noel Whelan has delivered his bold verdict on Jordan Pickford.