Sam: Hunt for England
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sam Allardyce has backed Bolton's Nicky Hunt to play for England in the future.Sam Allardyce has backed Bolton's Nicky Hunt to play for England in the future.
The Trotters boss believes that Hunt will rival Chelsea's Glenn Johnson to be his country's first choice right back to replace Gary Neville.
"Neville is into his 30s (he was 30 in February) now so you look behind that to see where the next right back comes from and you've got to look at Nicky Hunt and Glen Johnson at Chelsea," said Allardyce.
"They're the two biggest competitors in the right-back position that England have for the future."
Allardyce also thinks that Kevin Nolan should get international recognition and believes having England coach Sammy Lee at the club will only help their cause.
"Having Sammy Lee will give them the full recognition to show just what good players they really are," added Allardyce.
"He'll be working with them on a day-in day-out basis and I'm sure he's been pleasantly surprised by the talent of those players and of course we hope more coming in behind, but for those two particularly
"Kevin has four years' Premiership experience now and Nicky has two years' experience, going into a third year and there are not many young players of that age competing in the Premiership on a regular basis.
"They will be the backbone of Bolton for many years to come hopefully. Most of the time the foreign players we have have taken the opportunity to take the headlines but these two players are very special to us."
Despite Allardyce struggling to attract new signings to The Reebok, he is set to sign Mexican striker Jared Borgetti, and is also eyeing Spanish international Juanfran.
"With Borgetti we are waiting on him to complete a medical and hopefully that will be okay because we have completed everything else," added Allardyce.
"That will go through in the next few days and there is an interest in Juanfran."