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Last Updated: Monday, 18 July 2005, 10:51 GMT 11:51 UK
Premiership trio fly to Thailand
Bolton captain Jay-Jay Okocha
Bolton captain Okocha wants his side to put on a good show
Bolton, Everton and Manchester City have touched down in Thailand to contest the Premier League Asia Trophy.

The Premiership trio are joined by the Thailand national side in the four-team tournament at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok which begins on 20 July.

Everton play Thailand and Manchester City meet Bolton for a place in the final on Saturday 23 July.

"We look forward to showing the Thai people our footballing skills," said Bolton captain Jay-Jay Okocha.

Bolton intend to hone their fitness in Bangkok ahead of the new Premiership season and will begin training on Monday.

After their exertions in the Asia Trophy, Sam Allardyce's men head to Japan on their longest pre-season tour.

"The priority for everyone while we are in Bangkok and Japan is for the players to get fit," assistant manager Sammy Lee told the club website.

"The matches will also give us a better idea and understanding of the type of structure we'll play."

Everton boss David Moyes has taken 21 players on the tour, including defender Joseph Yobo and midfielder Tim Cahill who missed the Austrian training camp.

Goalkeeper Richard Wright has not travelled because of a virus so Scottish under-21 international Iain Turner will step in again.

Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce will give some of the club's younger players an opportunity to make their mark in Thailand.

Utility man Sun Jihai has flown straight from his home in China to Bangkok to join up with the squad.

Midfielder Antoine Sibierski, Nedum Onuoha, Robbie Fowler and Nicky Weaver are all injured and are continuing their treatment at the club's training ground.


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