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Thursday, September 5, 2013
Gary Cahill insists there is no chance of his Chelsea team-mate John Terry coming out of international retirement.
Saturday will mark the first anniversary of Terry’s decision to call time on his international career following the fall-out from his race trial involving Anton Ferdinand.
Terry - who was acquitted of racially abusing Ferdinand in court - would normally be the kind of man England could count upon when it came to crucial matches in unforgiving places like Ukraine, where England play a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
But Cahill is convinced the 32-year-old is not coming back to the international arena.
“That decision has been made. He has moved on now,” Cahill said.
“I think that’s done and dusted. That decision has been made and that’s all history now. We know how well he did for his country and that’s that.”
Although almost a year has passed since Terry’s retirement, Cahill thinks the Three Lions are still adjusting to life without the Chelsea skipper, and his former England partner Rio Ferdinand, who retired from England last season.
“They were two huge players and they retired at similar times so there had to be a transitional period and that’s what it is at the minute,” the Chelsea defender said.
“We have some quality centre-backs as well, but when two big names, two big top-class centre-halves come out of the set up there is that worry. People are always going to talk about it.”
Having played the last three games together, Cahill and Phil Jagielka appear to have been earmarked as the long-term successors to Terry and Ferdinand.
Questions were raised about Cahill’s ability to fill the role after he was easily caught out by Scottish striker Kenny Miller last month, but he insists he has put the bad night behind him.
“I haven’t seen replays of it, but I have replayed it there,” Cahill said, pointing to his head.
“You know straightaway when you make mistakes. You evaluate what you have done and then you move on.”
Encouraging attacking performances against Scotland and Brazil do not mask the poor displays that scarred the opening stages of England’s qualifying campaign.
A defeat in Ukraine could see England drop to third in Group H with just two matches left, and Cahill knows England cannot afford to lose in Kiev.
“This is the crunch time. We have to get results,” the 27-year-old said.