Chelsea Centre-back Gary Cahill has announced his retirement from International Football.
The 32-Year-old was a part of Gareth Southgate’s English Squad that made it to the Semi-Finals of the FIFA World Cup in Russia. The Three Lions put in an impressive performance and though he wasn’t a regular feature in the team, Southgate valued his experience and professionalism immensely. Cahill won 61 caps for England in an International career that has spanned over almost 8 years dating back to September 2010 when Cahill made his Debut for the Three Lions against Bulgaria in a 4-0 Win.
⏸ Gary Cahill has put his England career on pause. In his statement released via #Chelsea TV, he's said that he will only return if needed in case of injuries. As for his club future, the Telegraph's Matt Law assures Cahill is set to stay at the club and fight for his place.#CFC pic.twitter.com/EypOMCgqIh
— Mark Stevens (@markstevens_cfc) August 28, 2018
Cahill has officially called time on his International career but has agreed to come out of retirement in case of emergencies. Cahill in an Interview with Chelsea TV said “I think it’s time that I take a step back now, It’s the right moment to do that. ‘I’ve been hugely proud of what I’ve achieved, over 60 caps, I’ve captained my country on a few occasions, which has been a huge honor and something I’ve been really proud of. At the same time, in your football career, you never want to shut a door completely, I’ve been hugely honored to play for my country and if I’m ever needed, I’m there.”
The 32-Year-Old wants to concentrate on his Club career with Chelsea and was in the News for having allegedly agreed terms with Turkish Club Galatasaray. The Telegraph’s Matt Law crushed these rumors and has said that the defender is ready to stay and fight for his Place at Stamford bridge.
Gary Cahill has had a tough start under Maurizio Sarri and has fallen way down the Pecking order playing almost as a 4th Choice Centre-back, Behind David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger, and Andreas Christensen. It will be interesting to see whether Sarri’s attitude towards Cahill would change considering he is now 100% Committed to Club football.