In the latest Chelsea news, manager Antonio Conte believes Gary Cahill is playing well enough to earn a place in England’s squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Despite being Chelsea’s captain, Cahill found himself out of the starting line-up for a two-month spell and there were serious questions being raised about his long-term future at the dethroned Premier League champions.
However, the 32-year-old has managed to force his way back into Conte’s plans and produced a solid performance at the back in the 2-0 FA Cup semi-final victory against Southampton at Wembley.
The Blues will take on Manchester United in the final on May 19 and the London outfit are Evens with Betfred to lift the trophy while the Red Devils, chasing a 13th victory in the competition, are narrow 5/6 favourites.
Cahill will be hoping to keep his starting place for the remainder of the season and earn a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup this summer.
Italian tactician Conte, who confirmed he has not been approached by Paris Saint-Germain following Unai Emery’s announcement he will leave the Parc des Princes at the end of the season, is adamant his skipper has done enough to earn a place on the plane to Russia.
“We’re talking about a player with great experience,” he said at a press conference. “I have great respect for (England boss Gareth) Southgate. I think he has to make the best decision for the national team.
“But for sure we’re talking about an important player for Chelsea and the national team.”
Cahill is expected to keep his starting place for Saturday’s trip to the Liberty Stadium to take on relegation-threatened Swansea City in the late kick-off.