Gary Cahill announces he is stepping back from England duty to focus on Chelsea career

28 Aug

Gary Cahill has called a halt to his international career – but has not ruled out playing for England again in the future.

The Chelsea defender, part of the Three Lions squad which reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, says he is taking a “step back” from England duty to focus on winning back his club place.

Gary Cahill has been part of the England set-up for eight years

Cahill has yet to feature in the Premier League this season under newly-appointed manager Maurizio Sarri.

The 32-year-old has won 61 caps for England, scoring five times, and was the most experienced member of Gareth Southgate’s squad in Russia.

But he has told Southgate he does not wish to be selected as the England boss prepares to name his squad for the upcoming clashes with Spain and Switzerland later this week.

“It’s time to take a step back,” Cahill told Chelsea TV. “I feel it’s the right moment to do that.

“If I’m ever needed in the future then obviously I’m there.”

Gary Cahill featured just once for England at the 2018 World Cup

Cahill follows Jamie Vardy is calling a halt to his international career.

Vardy, the Leicester City striker, confirmed earlier on Tuesday he has retired from England duty, barring a major injury crisis.

He told the Guardian: “I’m not getting any younger and you can see, to be fair to the gaffer, he wants to make it more youthful, which obviously had its benefits during the World Cup – we got to the semi-finals and finished fourth, which is equal to the furthest we have ever been on foreign soil.

“So I just said to Gareth that I think it’s probably best from now on, especially with the way he wants to go, to bring youngsters in who he thinks have got the ability and start nurturing them into international football