Cahill believes he has proven he belongs at Chelsea

Gary Cahill believes his last few appearances have proven he is good enough to be a Chelsea player, the Daily Mail reports, after the former Bolton Wanderers defender played an important part in keeping a clean sheet for Roberto Di Matteo’s side in the Champions League against Barcelona.

Cahill lined up in the centre of defence alongside captain John Terry, replacing David Luiz who was injured in the FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham Hotspur. Cahill made some crucial blocks against the Spanish side, contributing a great deal to the single goal advantage Chelsea now take to the Nou Camp after Didier Drogba struck just before half-time.

The England international added that he took confidence from the ease with which he has adapted to playing for his country. Cahill said: “You’re always trying to prove things to yourself. It’s nice because I made the step up to international football, so I felt I could do that from the games I have played with England.

Cahill made his England debut in September 2010, replacing Spurs defender Michael Dawson in a 4-0 win over Bulgaria. Cahill’s first England start came in March 2011 as the Three Lions drew 1-1 with Ghana.

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