Coyle excited by Sturridge

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Owen Coyle believes Bolton can make striker Daniel Sturridge into an England player.

The Wanderers manager watched Sturridge score his second goal in two games in the 2-1 defeat at Tottenham. But already he has seen enough in the 21-year-old, on-loan from Chelsea, to be convinced that six months at Bolton can do for Sturridge what it did for Arsenal's Jack Wilshere, who was on loan at Bolton last season.

Coyle said: "Sturridge is going to be a terrific player. We gave him the platform to play and he scored a very good goal. He's one of those players I love working with. He gets hold of the ball and you think something exciting might happen."

He added: "I'm a football lover and I want to see good players out on the pitch. I want to see people entertain and excite and he certainly does that."

When asked if he could emulate Wilshere and earn an England call-up, Coyle added: "I believe he can. That's why I brought him to the football club. I've seen him for years and I think he's such a talented player.

"There's no shame in not being in the Chelsea starting line-up with (Didier) Drogba and (Nicolas) Anelka, but I believe in the talent he has and we will give him the platform and he will get better.

"The thing about these young players is that they need the platform in the Premier League to come to fruition and show their quality. He'll take great confidence and belief from the goal he scored. He was playing against very good players in (Michael) Dawson and (William) Gallas and he knows he can handle it.

"He's comfortable with the ball and he plays with a smile on his face. He's an exciting young player.

"It was always going to be a win-win situation because I believe we can help him, equally he can help Bolton Wanderers and then he is well-placed in the summer to hopefully have the same impact Jack has had at Arsenal

"Mr Capello now sees Jack as an integral part of his squad and Daniel has those aspirations. He knows first and foremost he has to do the job for Bolton but he's started ever so well."

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