Coyle backs Wilshere for World Cup

Wilshere has impressed for Bolton following his loan move from

Arsenal in January and his eye-catching performance against Chelsea

on Tuesday night was his eight successive Premier League game

start. Earlier in the week Coyle let it be known that if it were up

to him, the 18-year-old would be joining the England squad this

summer on the plane to South Africa. The Wanderers boss feels

Wilshere’s maturity has shone through over the last few months,

something that would set him in good stead should he get a call

from Capello. “It wouldn’t faze him,” Coyle said. “I was asked a

question and I answered honestly. People will perceive me as being

biased because I work with him on a daily basis and I probably am,

but for 18 years of age, he has maturity beyond his years and a

great head on his shoulders. “He is great on the ball, he can take

opponents out of the game, he can give you a three-against-two or

four-against-three situation. He sees a pass and he has got goals

in him. “He has continued to get better, he’s really growing – not

height-wise, but as a player. “Whether Mr Capello feels he has done

enough to get into his squad, then that remains to be seen, but I

can understand why people would think he has a wildcard chance.”

Asked whether the World Cup might come too soon for Wilshere, Coyle

said: “If there is room for taking a young one or earmarking them

for the future I don’t know, but I certainly believe he is capable

of playing with the best.” Wilshere’s deal with Bolton runs out at

the end of the season and while he admits his next aim is to break

into the Arsene Wenger’s first team, the youngster has not ruled

out the possibility of spending more time at the Reebok Stadium.

“I’m sure it’s something that the managers will discuss in the

summer,” Wilshere told the Bolton News. “Obviously I’d rather stay

and play at Arsenal, because I am an Arsenal player, but if it’s

not going to be that way then I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t

come back up here and play some more.” He continued: “I’ve had

phone calls from the scouts at Arsenal. I’m sure the reports have

been fine. “Moving to Bolton has been good for me. I have got to

play more in the Premier League, so that’s been great. “Things seem

to come more naturally when you are playing more. “The physical

side of the game is important and it’s been nice to learn that.

Now, when I go back to Arsenal, I’ll be that little bit stronger.

“That’s the aim. I came here to get six months experience and then

go back to see how things are. Hopefully I can break into the first

team next season but we’ll wait and see.” Coyle also praised the

performance of Gary Cahill against Chelsea and suggested that both

he and defensive partner Zat Knight may have given Capello food for

thought at Stamford Bridge. “I don’t know if he (Cahill) is so much

a late shout (for the World Cup) – he has been in and about the

squad,” Coyle said. “Mr Capello was at the game the other night,

where I thought both him and Zat Knight were terrific. “We need

those two playing at that level, and if they do, then who is to say

that Mr Capello won’t be looking at them?”