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Coyle urges Cahill to focus on club

Coyle urges Cahill to focus on club (©PAphotos)
Coyle urges Cahill to focus on club (©PAphotos).

Defender Gary Cahill has to forget any disappointment of missing out on a big summer move and ignore speculation about his future if he is to keep his England place, according to Bolton manager Owen Coyle.

The 25-year-old centre-back appears already to have made a good start as he opened the scoring in Friday's 3-0 Euro 2012 qualifying win over Bulgaria and looked comfortable alongside John Terry. And he is likely to add to his four caps against Wales on Tuesday at Wembley.

Cahill was the subject of late bids by Arsenal and Tottenham as the last transfer deadline approached and the next few months are likely to bring more speculation about his future with his current deal expiring in June, but Coyle said: "There might have been a tinge of disappointment as there was a lot for speculation about this protracted move he was going to have."

Coyle accepts he has a difficult task in hanging on to the defender because of the state of his contract but is confident the player will return from international duty focused on doing his best for his current club.

The Wanderers boss added: "When that didn't come to fruition it said a lot about him in terms of mentally preparing himself (for international duty) and besides the goal he put in a huge performance for England.

"To have a Bolton player score a goal for England for the first time since 1959 is a fantastic achievement and I'm delighted for Gary as well. The reason he was in the squad was because of his performances for Bolton and that is what he has to continue to do to ensure he becomes an integral part of Fabio Capello's squad.

"Gary has improved game by game, so much so he has pushed himself into being a starter in the England set-up and that is a tremendous boost for him and the club.

"Gary has to make sure he is part of that. The only way he will do that is performing out of his skin for Bolton and that has to be his focus now.

"He has to make sure he is doing his best for Bolton. He just has to do it for himself and then Bolton and everything else will fall into place for him.

"Let's hope he is playing against Wales and puts in the level of performance as he did the other day."

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