MARLON Fossey hopes Bolton Wanderers can help him make a late dash for the US World Cup squad.

The Hollywood-born full-back, on loan at the UniBol until the end of the season, has represented the US up to Under-20 level.

He turned down a chance to play MLS football for Inter Miami to stay in England and is now looking to catch the eye of USMNT coach Greg Berhalter, whose side are well-placed to reach their first finals since 2014.

“Under-20s was my last stint with the US and then after that the injuries have probably made it harder to get back into that fold,” he told The Bolton News.

“I have definitely got eyes on getting myself back into that international scene. You have got the World Cup coming up and I want to play at the highest level. I will see what I can do.”

Fossey is contracted to Fulham until next summer but has said he will keep his options open, with a permanent deal at Bolton very much a possibility.

He is confident that playing regularly at Bolton will give him the right platform to attraction of the US scouts, especially if Wanderers can finish the second half of the season as strongly as they hope.

“Bolton is a big club and there will be eyes on this team,” he said.

“I think from what you guys achieved last year, everyone on the outside will still not be comfortable around this team.

“This is still a side that can rise up the ranks, as they showed last year.

“We are hoping to do that again this year, at least to the play-offs, and then we will see what happens.”

Fossey spent his early years in Tinseltown but moved back to his mother’s native land when he was still young.

“I moved to Jersey when I was four years old and then that’s where my love for football grew,” he explained. “And when I played in a tournament for Jersey some Fulham scouts were over and liked how I looked so at 11-12 I went over to London, and I have been there ever since. The story is still being written.”

Luckily for Fossey, some of the US scouts know the way to Bolton.

Both Tim Ream and Stu Holden fought their way into the national team whilst representing the Whites – but Fossey insists Craven Cottage team-mate Ream has not been a factor in him choosing Lancashire for the next leg of his journey.

“I haven’t chatted to him yet but if I have any curiosity about Bolton then he will be the first one I message, for sure,” he added.