Reo-Coker targets England

30 July 2011 01:11
igel Reo-Coker is aiming to put himself back in the frame for England after joining Bolton this week.[LNB] Wanderers confirmed on Wednesday that Reo-Coker, who was released by Aston Villa at the end of last season, had agreed a two-year deal at the Reebok Stadium.[LNB]The midfielder, a former England under-21 captain, has been on the verge of a call-up to the senior squad in the past and last year rejected an invitation to play for Sierra Leone.[LNB]Asked if he had his sights set on reviving his England prospects having signed for Bolton, Reo-Coker said: "Yes, definitely. Playing consistently makes a difference and I hope having come here to get consistent games, and then we will go from there."[LNB]The 27-year-old certainly has the backing of his new manager Owen Coyle.[LNB]"We'd love to get him back to that level because I believe he's capable of doing that," the Bolton boss said.[LNB]"For us, he brings real Premier League experience and quality. He is strong in possession and strong in the tackle. He keeps the ball the well, keeps it moving and I think he has great football intelligence.[LNB]"This is a real opportunity and a platform for him to show everybody what we believe - that he is a top class player."[LNB]It took no time for Coyle to convince Reo-Coker that moving to Bolton was the right thing to do.[LNB]"Things happened at Villa at the end of the season - things were said and a situation kind of occurred," Reo-Coker said.[LNB]"It was time to move on. I contacted Owen Coyle and we had a meeting, a good conversation. After that, it was simple - I knew it was the right move for me.[LNB]"I wasn't offered a new contract at Villa so it was time for a new start and this is a new chapter in my life.[LNB]"I had been there for four years and I think in modern-day football that is quite a long time. It was a great four years and I can't say anything bad about it, but now it is a new beginning for me.[LNB]"The manager here told me his plans and what he is looking to achieve with the club, and he didn't need to say any more after that.[LNB]"It was a great meeting, but also you do your research in football, speak to other people, and every player that I have spoken to who has worked under him has nothing but praise for him.[LNB]"They spoke so highly of him and when I met him, after the first two or three minutes I could see why. It just felt right for me."[LNB]Reo-Coker was one of three new players snapped up by Bolton this week, with midfielder Chris Eagles and defender Tyrone Mears also arriving having both signed from Burnley on three-year deals.

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