Coyle: Davies has England future

Davies made his international debut at the age of 33 last month

when he came on as a substitute in England’s Euro 2012 qualifier

against Montenegro, but he was left out of the squad to face France

at Wembley on Wednesday. Instead, there was as a call-up for

21-year-old Newcastle striker Carroll, who came away with some

credit after his first appearance in an otherwise disappointing 2-1

defeat for Fabio Capello’s side. Carroll’s emergence might be

regarded as an ominous sign for Davies’ future prospects on the

international scene, but Capello has indicated the Bolton skipper

remains in his thoughts and Coyle has revealed that Davies had

received a phone call from England general manager Franco Baldini

to reassure him that was the case. Davies is said to be

“comfortable” with the situation and Coyle feels that while there

will always be competition for places in the national set-up, the

former Southampton forward will stay in contention if he continues

to produce the good club form he has shown of late. Asked if he

thought Davies and Carroll could end up vying for the same spot in

Capello’s squad, Coyle said: “We said this the other week when we

were playing Tottenham and Peter Crouch was there. “Whatever it is,

it is. All you have got is players doing their very best. “With

Kevin, there is no doubt that he is in Mr Capello’s thoughts for

further down the line in qualifiers because of how well he is doing

and how well he did when he joined with the group. “I felt the

young lad Andy Carroll did himself no harm at all with the way he

went about it – and you have to bear in mind that he was touch and

go with an injury. “I think he showed how desperately he wants to

play for his country, which speaks volumes for him as well. “You

will always have players vying for positions and there is nothing

wrong with that – that is why players are ultimately playing at

that level, because of how well they are playing for their club.

“Each and every one of them, whether it is Kevin or anyone else,

has to do their utmost for their own football club because the

rewards come on the back of their performances for their club.”

Wanderers defender Gary Cahill did not play against France either

despite making the squad, but as far as Coyle is concerned,

Wednesday’s match was primarily an experiment for testing out new

young players like Carroll – which is also why there should not be

too much read in to England’s generally poor display. “I think you

have to give balance to it,” Coyle said. “It was probably two

experimental sides, with (France coach) Laurent Blanc freshening

things up and looking at one or two as well. “When all is said and

done, you don’t read too much in to friendlies, the same as we do

with pre-season games. “There is a certain exercise designed for a

certain purpose and I think that is what it was – to blood some

young players, which they managed to do. “Everybody would have

loved an England victory and a thrilling performance, but I think

when you are making so many changes, you have to give balance to

it.” Bolton are likely to come up against Carroll themselves on

Saturday when Newcastle visit the Reebok Stadium. Carroll has seven

goals to his name already this term and poses a threat Coyle knows

will need to be nullified if Wanderers are to keep the momentum

going that has taken them up to fifth in the Barclays Premier

League. “Andy is a tremendous player and he has really revelled in

the responsibility (Newcastle boss) Chris Hughton has given him,”

Coyle said. “We know how good a player he is and how dangerous an

opponent he will be, like the rest of the Newcastle team. “We know

they have gifted players, so we have to make sure we are at our

best, on the front foot and looking to impose ourselves.”