Bolton manager Owen Coyle has backed Gary Cahill to soon represent England on the senior stage.
Bolton boss backing defender for England role
Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has backed Gary Cahill to soon represent England on the senior stage.
Cahill has yet to be capped at senior level and was overlooked by Fabio Capello for this summer's World Cup.
Coyle, though, is of the belief that the centre-back is as good as any of England's central defenders that went to South Africa.
And with Capello, who is to remain as England manager, intimating he will freshen up his side for Euro 2012 qualification, Cahill could be called upon.
"My disappointment was that when the provisional squad was named, he wasn't in that 30, because I believe if he was, Mr Capello and his assistants would have seen him training and realised that this boy can play," Coyle said.
"He has got pace, he has got a goal threat - he has got everything, but obviously he never got that opportunity.
"I rang him straight away to make sure he was alright and he was disappointed, but he said 'well, I just have to make sure that next year I go and push myself to get into the squad'. I thought that was a terrific answer.
"Mentally he is there, as well as physically and ability-wise. There is no doubt for me that he will really push himself into that England squad."
Coyle continued: "It's difficult to say how much of a difference he would have made.
"What I would say though - and you have to remember that as his manager, I'm biased - is that England have terrific players, but I feel Gary Cahill is as good a centre-half as we have in this country.
"I'm not being smart after the event - I said this before the World Cup and I have been consistent with it since day one.
"For me, Gary Cahill is the complete package. I accept that he had a terrible injury and was coming back from that, and I think he was watched at one of our games when we played Portsmouth.
"He made a slight mistake in that game and I don't know if that went against him, but what I do know is that within that period, we went to Chelsea and he stood toe-to-toe with Didier Drogba and was outstanding.
"We went to White Hart Lane and he was outstanding again. Michael Dawson and Ledley King played in the game and they are very good players - I'm not suggesting anybody else is inferior, but Gary Cahill is absolutely top-bracket."