Belfast Telegraph

Coyle: Davies will not disappoint

Bolton manager Owen Coyle is confident striker Kevin Davies will not fail to seize his long-awaited chance for England.

The 33-year-old, who had virtually given up on his chances of an international call-up, was named in Fabio Capello's squad on Monday.

"To get that call-up for his country, which I know means an awful lot to him, has been earned through the quality of his play and we are absolutely thrilled for him," said the Bolton manager.

"No-one has given it him easy, he has had to work his socks off against some terrific centre-backs in the best league in the world.

"One thing we all ask in football is if you get an opportunity you have to go and grasp it and he has earned the opportunity.

"If he is given the chance there is no doubt in my mind he will be a terrific addition to the squad."

Coyle revealed he found out prior to the weekend that Davies had been selected in Capello's provisional 'long' squad and although he had no qualms about telling the player immediately he stressed that the focus had to remain on Saturday's game at West Brom.

Davies himself said he thought it was a joke and would not believe it until he received official confirmation an hour before the announcement.

"We've known since late Thursday/Friday that he was in the long squad but such was his and my focus we kept it to ourselves to concentrate on the game at West Brom," added Coyle.

"Even on Monday, when we both knew, we waited for it to be announced because it is such a big thing for him. He has had a tremendous career and shown his qualities year after year and for that call-up to finally come, he just wanted to make sure it was confirmed."


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