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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has announced his ‘retirement’ from the England national team.

Cahill is one of the best centre-backs England has seen since John Terry and Rio Ferdinand retired from the game. He made 61 appearances for his country, unfortunately during one of the least successful periods in recent memory.

Cahill scored in both Euro 2012 and World Cup 2018 qualifying rounds, as well as featuring at the 2014 and 2018 World Cup finals and Euro 2016 finals. He gained plenty of tournament experience, even if success didn’t follow.

The time has come for Cahill to step aside for the new generation of English defenders to get their chance, but the Chelsea skipper claims that he will never officially retire and will always remain available for his country.

Cahill is quoted by the BBC saying:

“I can see it is now going to a younger generation and I think it is the perfect time for me to take a step back. I’ve been hugely honoured to play for my country and I would never shut the door.

“I’ve said that if there are injuries in the future and I’m needed to come and play then, of course, I’m available.”

If not for Gareth Southgate’s craving for experience in his World Cup squad, Cahill probably wouldn’t have gone to Russia. This is, without doubt, the time for him to take a back seat.

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