Bolton manager Gary Megson is convinced that defender Gary Cahill is destined to win full international honours with England under Fabio Capello.
"How close is Gary to an England cap? You would have to ask Fabio but I think it will happen," said Megson.
The 23-year-old has proved an outstanding success since Megson persuaded the Trotters hierarchy to pay Aston Villa Â£5million for his services in January 2008.
He helped to keep Bolton in the top flight last term and has blossomed further this season to attract admiring glances from the England boss.
At 6ft 2in, Cahill's athleticism, speed and penchant for popping up with important goals have all impressed the Italian, who has named the rangy centre-back in his provisional squads this season.
Megson denied suggestions that Cahill would already haveÂ a full cap to add to his Under-21 honours if he played for one of the so-called big four clubs in the Barclays Premier League.
"At a top-four club he might not have had to do as much defending as he has to at this place!" reasoned Megson.
"But he's done well and there are other players who aren't at top-four clubs who are doing very well.
"Gary is only a young lad but he's already set in stone in terms of being one of the first names on the teamsheet.
"It's never ever crossed my mind to play a game without Gary Cahill. And I think that's what he wanted when he left Aston Villa. He's first-choice here, he does play all the time and if he does have a game where he is maybe not at his best then he still plays the week after."
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