Chelsea’s Gary Cahill has spoken of his pride at being the apparent England vice-captain behind skipper Wayne Rooney, Sky
Rooney was confirmed by manager Roy Hodgson as the successor to Steven Gerrard, who retired from international duty after the World Cup, and handed the armband to Cahill when he was substituted in England’s two recent fixtures, the wins over Norway and Switzerland.
Cahill hasn’t been officially confirmed in the role but is evidently among the players Hodgson considers to be leaders of the team, and said to have the manager’s faith is something that means a great deal.
“It’s an ambition, but more of a dream, to captain your country,” Cahill said. “It’s still an amazing feeling every time you put on an England shirt to go out to play.
“In the next few years, whether Wayne’s rested or injured, there might be an opportunity to captain the team. To know that is unbelievable,” he continued. “To have (the armband) for the short period of time in both games felt really good. It’s something I’m really proud of and I’ll relish.”
Cahill joined Chelsea from Bolton Wanderers in January 2012 and has gone on to make 114 appearances for the Blues, scoring 10 times. He broke into the England set-up in 2010, while a Bolton player, and the game against Switzerland – England’s first Euro 2016 qualifier – was his 29th cap.
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