Gary Cahill feared the worst before England World Cup call up

Chelsea defender wasn’t confident until Gareth Southgate called him with good news ahead of Russia

Gary Cahill feared the worst before England World Cup call up

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May 29th, 2018

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England head to the 2018 World Cup full of confidence and the squad will include a defender who thought he might have played his last match for England.

Gary Cahill was dropped by Gareth Southgate for the March internationals, although a return to the Chelsea team has seen the central defender back in the fold.

“I thought potentially it could be bad news because in my experience of being involved with England for seven or eight years you usually don’t get the call – you just receive the information that you’re going to meet up and what times,” Cahill said. “So to get the call a different way, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit nervous.

“I was desperate to go and be in the squad like anybody else,” he said. “It was in the week leading up to the cup final so my emotions were all over the place. My mental state was fully focused on this final. That’s all I was thinking about. And then that came along and obviously I was delighted to get the news. There were a lot of emotions for me in that particular week and both turned out to be very good news. So let’s hope that carries on into the summer.”

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