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‘I think it’s time that I take a step back now’: Gary Cahill retires from international football

Gary Cahill has announced his decision to take a "step back" from the England team
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‘I think it’s time that I take a step back now’: Chelsea defender Gary Cahill to call time on international career but offers to return ‘if ever needed’

  • Gary Cahill has revealed that he will ‘take a step back’ from England duty
  • The defender will allow younger players to be assessed by Gareth Southgate
  • The 32-year-old has won 61 caps for England since making his debut in 2010

Spencer Morgan For Mailonline

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has revealed that he will ‘take a step back’ from England duty following the World Cup to allow younger players to be assessed by Gareth Southgate.

In a wide-ranging interview on the club’s official app, The 5th Stand,Cahill 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 honour and something I’ve been really proud of.

Gary Cahill has announced his decision to take a "step back" from the England team

Gary Cahill has announced his decision to take a ‘step back’ from the England team

CAHILL’S ENGLAND CAREER 

Games: 61

Goals: 5

Assists:

‘At the same time, in your football career you never want to shut a door completely, I’ve been hugely honoured to play for my country and if I’m ever needed, I’m there.’

Cahill has won 61 caps for England since making his debut in September 2010, scoring five goals.

The 32-year-old only made one appearance during England’s impressive World Cup campaign, spending the majority of the tournament on the substitutes bench.

The news follows Jamie Vardy’s decision to also call time on his own international career.

The 32-year-old has won 61 caps for England since making his debut in 2010

The 32-year-old has won 61 caps for England since making his debut in 2010

The 32-year-old has won 61 caps for England since making his debut in 2010

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