Owen Coyle backs Gary Cahill for long England career

Gary Cahill (right)
Cahill (right) impressed against Bulgaria and also against Wales

Bolton boss Owen Coyle believes Gary Cahill can be a part of the England side for the next decade.

The 25-year-old played in both of England's recent Euro 2012 qualifiers, scoring his first international goal against Bulgaria, and has five caps.

"It was great to see him cementing himself in the team as opposed to being a squad player," said Coyle.

"My belief is he will have another 10 years playing in that shirt, he did himself a lot of favours."

Cahill was heavily linked with a move to Tottenham or Arsenal before the transfer window closed at the end of last month.

He is in the final year of his contract with Bolton and Coyle expects further speculation to arise this season.

"Gary is ambitious and wants to play at the highest level of the game," the Scot said. "We are in the best league in the world but the next step after that is the Champions League and I'm sure Gary would love in time to be part of an elite club.

"He's more than capable of playing for any of them and it will happen in time, I've got no doubts about it.

"I expected Gary would have gone this summer to an elite club because of the quality I know he has.

"It has not happened and between us we have to make sure that if Gary is doing whathe has done to this point, which is playing ever so well for Bolton Wanderers."

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