World Cup 2014: Chelsea’s Gary Cahill feels ‘accepted’ at England level
World Cup 2014: Chelsea and England centre-half Gary Cahill feels comfortable at international level
Gary Cahill has given an insight into his growing confidence in an England shirt after the Chelsea defender declared that he now feels accepted at international level.
The 28-year-old former Bolton Wanderers defender is set to line up alongside centre-half partner Phil Jagielka for England’s Group D opener against Italy.
I just feel accepted and that’s pleasing for me for what I’ve done in the last couple of years
Cahill has benefitted from the international retirement of his club team-mate John Terry despite missing Euro 2012 due to a broken jaw.
And the Blues defender is growing in confidence with 23 England caps under his belt ahead of their clash against Italy.
“I feel accepted at this level now, which is pleasing,” said Cahill.
“That’s not to say, there’s any sort of complacency in my game whatsoever. There’s still people coming up behind and youngsters who are top players.
“I just feel accepted and that’s pleasing for me for what I’ve done in the last couple of years.”
Cahill added that Roy Hodgson’s squad have prepared in every possibly way for the climate that England will face in Manaus on Saturday.
“It’s hard for English players,” added Cahill.
“We’re not used to this climate, but we’ve done the heat chambers, we’ve done the extra layers of clothing, so we’ve done all we possibly can going into the game.
“After the Honduras match (in Miami), I felt good. I felt good in the game. It was pleasing to know mentally that you can deal with those conditions and that’s roughly what we’re going to be facing in the first game.
“I’ve been told by a couple of team-mates what it’s like, I’m intrigued by it. They said it will be very humid but we knew that before we’d gone so that’s why we’ve done all the training.”