Kevin Davies ready to take England chance


Bolton Wanderers striker Kevin Davies claims age will be no barrier when it comes to making a success of his England call-up.

The 33-year-old frontman has been called up to his first international squad and could make his debut in Tuesday’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro.

The retirement of Emile Heskey following the World Cup and Jermain Defoe’s injury absence have combined to open the door for Davies.

He is now ready to grasp his late opportunity with both hands should head coach Fabio Capello give him the nod.

“I’m confident in my own ability,” he said.“I always felt I could do a job at this level and it just never quite happened for me for one reason or another.

“I trained today and I didn’t feel overawed at all. There were a few nerves beforehand but the lads have been welcoming.

“The age thing is not a concern of mine. I feel as good as I have done since my time at Bolton began. Hopefully I can make an impression and play some part.”

Davies, who had two spells with Southampton and also spent time at Blackburn Rovers, is ready to fill the void created by the retirement of target man Heskey.

He added:“Obviously people have likened my playing style to Emile and he’s retired now.

“We’ve always been compared, we’ve got a lot of similarities in the way we played the game.

“Fortunately for him he’s the one who’s played for England all these years and I think he’s done a good job.”

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