The Trotters captain made his first appearance for his country of birth on 70 minutes against Montenegro as England tried to grab a goal to avoid a disappointing draw at Wembley. Unfortunately for Davies and his teammates for the day it was not to be, but the target-man spoke fondly of his time training under boss Fabio Capello in an interview with Bolton’s official site: “I have been working really hard in training to try and make an impression and I think I did that because the manager threw me on for the last 20 minutes to try and win the game.” Former Southampton and Blackburn player Davies was clearly immersed in the team chemistry around the camp- going on to talk about how he rated the quality of the national side before going on to talk about his future on the international scene in the interview on Wednesday: “We have to move on and I think that we have more than enough to still qualify. But I’m absolutely delighted to have won a cap. I’ll keep working hard for Bolton and, like I have said, hopefully I have made a bit of a mark here.” Finally, as a way of thanks, Davies made a nod towards Bolton boss Owen Coyle’s coaching methods that seemingly prepared him for his week of intense training before the big game: Coming into training, a lot of the boys said it would be of a high tempo and that the quality would obviously be top-drawer. But the way we train and work at Bolton is of a high tempo, so I didn’t find it too difficult and I wasn’t overawed at all”.
Whilst there captain was away there was still preparation going on for a game back in Greater Manchester- a slightly less glamorous home fixture against Stoke. Despite having only nine players to work with last week due to international selections, manager Coyle has had the luxury of having a full squad for most of this week. There was little action in the treatment room following the return of the players who were in action for their countries, with exception to Davies who came back carrying a knock to his ankle. Many were surprised when hearing the news of course as not only did he play for less time than the others that were away, but many were expecting him to give the Montenegro defence a bit of a hard time- not the other way round. If he does pass fit then expect Coyle to name the same team that drew 1-1 against West Brom a fortnight ago.