Coyle tips Sturridge for England

BY foxsports • February 6, 2011

The Scot watched Sturridge score his second goal in two games for Bolton in the 2-1 defeat against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. But already he has seen enough in the 21-year-old, on-loan from Chelsea, to be convinced that six months at Bolton can do for Sturridge what it did for Arsenal's Jack Wilshere. Wilshere, named in England's squad for the friendly against Denmark on Wednesday, spent a similar time at the Reebok last season. And the maturity he gained from regular action in the Barclays Premier League has prompted national boss Fabio Capello to admit the side could be built around him. Coyle said: "Sturridge is going to be a terrific player. We gave him the platform to play and he scored a very good goal. "He's one of those players I love working with. He gets hold of the ball and you think something exciting might happen. "I'm a football lover and I want to see good players out on the pitch. I want to see people entertain and excite and he certainly does that." When asked if he could emulate Wilshere, Coyle added: "I believe he can. That's why I brought him to the football club. I've seen him for years and I think he's such a talented player. "There's no shame in not being in the Chelsea starting line-up with (Didier) Drogba and (Nicolas) Anelka, but I believe in the talent he has and we will give him the platform and he will get better. "The thing about these young players is that they need the platform in the Premier League to come to fruition and show their quality. "He'll take great confidence and belief from the goal he scored. He was playing against very good players in (Michael) Dawson and (William) Gallas and he knows he can handle it. "He's comfortable with the ball and he plays with a smile on his face. He's an exciting young player. "It was always going to be a win-win situation because I believe we can help him, equally he can help Bolton Wanderers and then he is well-placed in the summer to hopefully have the same impact Jack has had at Arsenal "Mr Capello now sees Jack as an integral part of his squad and Daniel has those aspirations. He knows first and foremost he has to do the job for Bolton but he's started ever so well." Coyle was denied a point only by a spectacular injury-time strike from Tottenham substitute Niko Kranjcar in a match which saw Spurs awarded two penalties within 60 seconds at the start of the first half. Rafael van der Vaart scored the first one but missed the second after referee Mark Clattenburg ordered it to be retaken for players encroaching in the area. Coyle, however, was incensed by Clattenburg's decision to book Gary Cahill for diving after he appeared to be brought down by Steven Pienaar. Coyle said: "It was a stonewall penalty. The lad's left his leg out, Gary's tried to step over him to get his shot away. "To compound that he has booked Gary Cahill for simulating which, let's not beat about the bush, is saying that Gary Cahill was cheating in trying to gain an advantage of a penalty. That's one thing that lad would never do. "We feel very disappointed to have left with nothing."


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