Sturridge backed for England
Bolton manager Owen Coyle believes Daniel Sturridge is capable of breaking into the England set-up.
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Last Updated: 04/02/11 12:38pm
Owen Coyle believes Daniel Sturridge is capable of breaking into the England set-up, but has told the on-loan striker he must first prove himself at Bolton Wanderers.
The Chelsea forward could not have wished for a better start to his temporary spell with the Trotters after scoring an injury-time winner against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday.
Sturridge will remain at the Reebok Stadium for the rest of the season after joining the Trotters on transfer deadline day.
And Coyle has urged the 21-year-old to maintain his standards throughout the rest of the campaign.
The Bolton boss told Sky Sports News HD: "To score the match-winning goal is a great start for him but he must continue to do that.
"I believe he can score goals and he's more than that - there will be games where he doesn't score but he can still contribute because he has pace, he has a trick and he's shown he's prepared to work hard."
Coyle was delighted to have signed a forward in January after initially failing to bring Arsenal's Carlos Vela to Lancashire.
And the Irishman believes Sturridge will challenge the likes of Kevin Davies, Johan Elmander and Ivan Klasnic for a starting berth in games to come.
Coyle, whose side take on Tottenham Hotspur this weekend added: "It gives the whole club a lift to bring in such a talent and it provides us with some real competition in the forward areas and that bodes well for the rest of the season."
And Coyle believes Sturridge's time at the Reebok could provide a platform to catapult him into the England reckoning, like the success Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has enjoyed after his loan spell at Bolton last term.
"I don't want to get ahead of ourselves but I believe he's good enough to play at that level," he said.
"But to have that right, he needs to show that week in week out in the Premier League as Jack Wilshere did."