No England distraction for Wigan’s McManaman

Callum McManaman
Callum McManaman

OWEN Coyle insists Callum McManaman won’t be getting carried away by recent positive comments made by England boss Roy Hodgson.

The Wigan Athletic manager says his player will be fully focused on doing well at the DW Stadium.

Hodgson revealed last week that McManaman was still a player he was looking at to potentially take to the World Cup next year.

The statement came as somewhat of a shock but the England manager admitted that the winger has a lot to do if he wants to force his way into the squad.

While backing his player to do well though, Coyle insists that he only has one thing on his mind at the moment.

“He’s an exciting player,” Coyle said. “It’s always great when you hear compliments.

“Callum’s focus has got to be on Wigan Athletic. I’ve said this before, we love the fact that players go and represent their country at international level, it’s fantastic for them. As a manager my focus is on Wigan Athletic, it’s great to seem him doing well but the bottom line is I want him concentrating on what they do for Wigan Athletic.

“If he continues to do well then of course there’ll certainly be more people than the national manager complementing him and that’s what we want, because that means our players are doing well and that’s what we’re after.”

Meanwhile, Coyle has revealed he would like to keep hold of Aston Villa’s Marc Albrighton whose one-month spell is due to end next week.

“That’s a conversation I’ll have with Paul (Lambert),” he said. “The understanding is that it was a one-month loan with a view to extending it if the circumstances were right.

“We certainly want him here but as I said before, Paul will be the first to have that conversation.”