After narrowly missing out in the last two international competitions, Gary Cahill finally gets his chance to prove his worth in the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
A blood clot and a removal of a rib kept him out of the World Cup in 2010, even though he still would have been on the fringe of making the team, and a broken jaw after a collision with England goalkeeper Joe Hart kept him from participating in Euro 2012.
But after surviving the friendly against Honduras in Miami on Saturday, Cahill is fully fit and ready to show the world just how good he is. Serving as John Terry’s center-back partner, Cahill has begun to embody the traits that have made Chelsea fans enamored with Terry. His ability to read the game, his aerial prowess and his knack of making last-ditch tackles have gotten some fans to tip him as the next Chelsea captain.
Speaking to The Guardian after the match against Honduras, Cahill spoke of how much being able to play in the World Cup means to him.
“But the fact this is my first tournament does make it all more special. I have waited a long time to get here. I’d been an outside shot before the blood clot at the previous World Cup, then I was one game away from the Euros. I wondered: ‘Is this not for me or something?’ So to be involved now is massive. Not long ago I wasn’t really in the frame, or was grafting to get in the squad. Now I feel a big part of it, which is pleasing. It shows how far I’ve come.”
Bought for a mere £7 million from Bolton Wanderers in the winter transfer window of 2012, Cahill went on to win the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League, putting in an absolutely fantastic performance on that night in Munich. While Chelsea fans only got to see him make 19 appearances in his first season, Cahill became one of the first names on the Chelsea team sheet in his first full season with the club, making 45 appearances. This season, Cahill helped establish his partnership with Terry as one of the best in the world, if not the best, which helped earned him a spot on the PFA Team of the Year.
Cahill’s meteoric rise to one of the world’s elite center-backs hasn’t gone unnoticed by many and I’m sure Chelsea and England fans alike are excited to see just how well he performs in Brazil.
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