5 Wanderers Who Made Their Mark at The World Cup

  • February 05, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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With just four months left to go until the 2014 FIFA World Cup, we take a look at five Bolton players to have made their mark on previous tournaments.

There have been plenty of big names that have passed through the doors at the Reebok in recent years. Big Sam brought in a plethora of World Cup superstars, from Ivan Campo to Jay-Jay Okocha, but none every played a World Cup whilst with the Trotters.

El-Hadji Diouf of course made his name during the 2002 World Cup but didn't sign until two years later. But with Stuart Holden desperate to be fit for the U.S. national team ahead of Brazil in June, we look at the top five Wanderers to have represented the club on the world's biggest stage.

Radhi Jaidi

The Tunisian centre-half made over 100 appearances for his country and played his part in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. For Bolton, he made 52 appearances during his two-year spell at the club before leaving to join Birmingham City, where he continued to impress for his nation - winning the 2008 African Cup of Nations.

Youri Djorkaeff

Djorkaeff already had a wealth of international experience before joining up with the Super Whites, winning the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 with France. He was an integral part of both trophies and became a huge part of Bolton's side in 2002.

He scored 20 goals in just 81 appearances during his time in Lancashire, before moving on to Blackburn for a short spell and on to New York Red Bulls where he finished his career.

Nat Lofthouse

Of course, we couldn't leave the big man out. A Bolton and British footballing hero, Nat Lofthouse made over 500 appearances for Bolton and had one of the greatest goals-per-game ratios of any player to represent the Three Lions.

He scored 30 goals in 33 appearances for England and was part of the 1954 England World Cup squad which saw them defeated to Uruguay in the Quarter-Finals.

Lee Chung-Yong

Lee Chung-Yong will also be trying to make the South Korea squad come this summer and has already played 52 times for his country, including at the 2010 World Cup. The right winger is an integral part of the current Bolton side and will be one of a few hopefully representing the club in Brazil.

Stuart Holden

155-1 outsiders with free bets, the USA will be seen as dark horses this tournament, having already got a feel for the conditions at a Brazilian training camp earlier this year. Former Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann has instilled organisation and discipline into his US squad and Stuart Holden will play a big part in the boss' plans should he be fully fit.

The midfielder is trying to overcome a ligament injury that has seen him play little since 2011, but the 28-year-old received a huge boost when he trained with the national squad for the first time last week.

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