Football in brief: Muamba thankful to Coyle as he chases England recognition

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Bolton Wanderers: Midfielder Fabrice Muamba has attributed his fine recent form to manager Owen Coyle.

The 21-year-old's fine recent form has seen him linked with an England call-up, with the player last week speaking of his desire of step up to full international level under Fabio Capello. "Since the gaffer has come in things have changed," Muamba said. "You can see the way we have been playing and the confidence in the team. That's credit to the manager and the staff, and hopefully we can continue for the rest of the season. I've enjoyed playing under him [and] would say I've been in the best form of my career."

Wanderers currently sit in 14th, eight points clear of the relegation zone ahead of tonight's visit of Manchester United. "We'll definitely stay up," Muamba maintained. "Another two wins and we should be fine. We can give anybody a game on any given day."

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