Bolton boss Owen Coyle is adamant Kevin Davies has deserved his surprise England call.
At 33, Davies will join up with the Three Lions for the first time on Thursday evening ahead of the Euro 2012 qualifier with Montenegro at Wembley. It is barely a week since the former Blackburn and Southampton star conceded he had given up on the possibility of ever representing his country.
"He has got his rewards for the high level of performances that he has produced, week in, week out," said Coyle. "He works exceptionally hard on a day-to-day basis and I am sure he will give Fabio Capello absolutely 100%."
However, with Gabriel Agbonlahor, Bobby Zamora and Jermain Defoe all out through injury, Emile Heskey declining an offer to come out of retirement and Newcastle's Andy Carroll having suffered a dip in form, Fabio Capello has decided to hand Davies the opportunity of representing his country for the first time.
Given Capello is supposed to be looking to the future, and dismissed the international claims of David Beckham on age grounds, the move was unexpected.
Davies has conceded he expects to be suffering from a few nerves. But he has vowed to shrug them to one side in an effort to make the most of his chance.
"I just have to go along and enjoy the experience of being involved with the international team and if I get the chance to play I will do my best to impress," he told www.bwfc.co.uk. "It is a really proud moment for me and my family.
"I am sure there will be a few nerves over the next couple of days and it hasn't really sunk in yet, but I am looking forward to this opportunity and I'm going to give it my best shot."
West Ham keeper Robert Green has been recalled, although it would seem he has slipped to number three in the pecking order.
Like Green, Joe Cole seemed to be among those paying the price for England's World Cup failure, although his exile has proved to be brief, lasting only three games, which in part was probably due to the suspension he had to serve following his dismissal on his Premier League debut for Liverpool.
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