Lampard hails Chelsea team-mate as perfect replacement for Terry

08:30 10 September 2012

Gary Cahill is set to start against Ukraine. Photo: Adam Davy/EMPICS

Gary Cahill is set to start against Ukraine. Photo: Adam Davy/EMPICS

EMPICS Sport

England midfielder Frank Lampard believes Gary Cahill is more than capable of plugging the defensive gap left by injured Chelsea team-mate John Terry in tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier with Ukraine.

The Blues centre back is likely to step in for his club’s skipper at Wembley after Terry was ruled out with an ankle injury suffered in Friday’s 5-0 away win over Moldova.

The Chelsea captain was assessed by England’s medical staff on Saturday and yesterday before returning to his club after it was decided he would not recover in time to face the Ukrainians.

Lampard said: “John (Terry) will be a big miss, he is very influential, a top player who was fantastic at the Euros when playing under certain pressures.

“As a squad we have to deal with his absence and luckily we have great cover whether Gary Cahill or Phil Jagielka comes in.

“Gary has grown completely as a player. I have nothing but massive things to say for Gary.

“To come to Chelsea after the season we had last year, fit in and play the games he did against Barcelona and then the final, he has proven he is a top, top centre-half in world football.

“Internationally he can go on and play for a long time.”

If Cahill is chosen, it would be his first appearance at Wembley since he suffered a broken jaw against Belgium in early June which ruled him out of Euro 2012.

Terry became the second player to withdraw from the squad in the space of 24 hours.

His Chelsea team-mate, Ashley Cole, had not recovered sufficiently from the ankle setback which caused him to be unavailable against Moldova.

It leaves Cole on 98 caps and he could now reach the century mark next month when England visit Poland and entertain San Marino in two more qualifiers.

Related articles

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

And the runner-up was OK about losing out to the “very credible” winner.

Read more

And we were all invited to the happy couple’s big day!

Read more

We could do without the wrap coat, jumpsuits and Longchamp bags.

Read more

Promoted content

We've got a great selection of Secret Santa presents and stocking fillers for under a tenner...  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Office Secret Santa: it’s a Christmas ritual that everyone dreads, but no-one wants to seem like a Scrooge by saying no. Never fear, London24 is here to make buying gifts for Dave in Accounts simple and stress-free, with a selection of presents for under a tenner

Money saving Christmas gifts to add to your shopping list!

It’s nearly time to go on the hunt for Christmas presents, stuck on what to get for your nearest and dearest? We’ve picked out a selection of great deals to get you started and to help you save some pennies!

Match reports

TOP STORIES

Chelsea Transfer News

Quizzes

Can you name these moustaches?

Movember is upon us once again and men across the country are growing moustaches to raise money to battle prostate cancer.

Read more
Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho go head to head (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Football managers are either deified or chastised, depending on results and they are some of the most famous faces in the country.

Read more
Roy Keane  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Roy Keane denied the world of more glorious beard action this weekend by shaving his famous chin hair off, however football is still littered with some impressive beards.

Read more
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal's Arsene Wenger (Pictures: Getty Images)

London derbies are always eagerly anticipated but few more than when Chelsea and Arsenal meet.

Read more