Wednesday 16 January 2019

I don't need to prove myself - Cahill

Chelsea's Gary Cahill. Photo: PA
Chelsea's Gary Cahill. Photo: PA

Jason Burt

Gary Cahill has spoken of the "roller-coaster" of having to fight for his place for club and country after a frustrating season in which he has been dropped by both.

The 32-year-old defender has returned to the Chelsea team and captained them to their FA Cup semi-final victory over Southampton on Sunday.

His up-and-down season has put his World Cup place in jeopardy, however, and Gareth Southgate left Cahill out of his recent England squad. Cahill remains optimistic that he can make the final 23 for Russia.

"Everything is a possibility when you're playing," he said.

"Football is a bit of a roller-coaster. It is not always going to go amazingly well, but the majority of my career I have played 30-plus games every season."

His experience has stood Cahill in good stead but he added: "It gets tiring after a bit, if I'm honest. Almost like you have to keep doing it again and again.

"I don't go out there with nerves thinking I have to prove things to everybody. I think I have done that before. I am fit and ready to go and don't really feel like I need to prove myself." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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