Which Former Bolton Players Will Be at the World Cup?

  • June 04, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton Wanderers will be represented by just one player at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but five men to previously play for the club will be making the journey to Brazil.

Lee Chung-Yong is part of the 23-man South Korea squad, who are in Group H - alongside Russia, Algeria and Belgium. The Wanderers midfielder has been named vice captain for the tournament and will be hoping to add to the two goals he scored at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

As far as former Wanderers stars are concerned - five more players to have worn the white shirt will be looking to represent their countries this summer, three of which are named in the England squad.

Gary Cahill, Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge have all made Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad for the tournament and are expected to play leading roles in the Three Lions' group games and, possibly, beyond.

Cahill and Sturridge look set to be handed starting roles, while Wilshere may have to settle for a place on the bench after recently returning from a fractured foot he sustained in March's international friendlies. Both Cahill and Sturridge were on the scoresheet in last Friday's victory over Peru at Wembley Stadium, ahead of what will be their first opportunities at a major international tournament.

As for the foreign sides, Andranik Teymourian and Blerim Dzemaili have made the final squads for Iran and Switzerland, respectively.

Teymourian played 30 games for Bolton, between 2006 and 2008, and currently plays his football back in his homeland - with Esteghlal. At 31 years of age, the 2014 World Cup could provide him with his only shot at success on the biggest stage - as well as adding to the 78 caps he has already received.

Dzemaili, who featured just once for Wanderers, in 2008, has managed to fight back from a career-threatening knee injury and has gone on to play for Torino, Parma and Napoli in recent seasons. He has been linked with big-money moves to both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur this week, showing the rate at which he has improved and lived up to the hype he once had.

The 28-year-old has 32 caps for his country and will be aiming to win more in Brazil - with fixtures against Ecuador, France and Honduras awaiting him.

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