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Ruben Hill
April 29, 2018

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte says that Gary Cahill deserves a place in England's World Cup squad, despite not always playing the centre-back this season.

Cahill was an unused substitute for matches against Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Barcelona over recent months.

Cahill, 32, was left out for March friendlies against Italy and Holland, as Southgate gave opportunities to Swansea's Alfie Mawson and Burnley's James Tarkowski.

It is that sort of pedigree that makes the 32-year-old an obvious pick for Southgate in Russian Federation, according to Conte, who led Italy to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.

At a press conference, the 48-year-old told reporters: "I don't know, I don't know". He's in good physical condition.

Cahill has made 21 starts in the Premier League this season.

Conte's greatest gripe with the Blues hierarchy is his lack of energy relating to the membership's switch enterprise; Chelsea failing to pursue quite a few his most well-liked choices throughout his reign on the membership. He has played big competitions.

Conte said: "I think Gary is deserving to play - to play and then to have the chance to go and play in the World Cup".

Cahill's form has fluctuated this season since succeeding John Terry as Chelsea captain, but Conte praised his defender and the other senior players in his squad for stepping up to fill the void left by the legend's departure on and off the pitch.

"It wasn't simple replacing John Terry because we are talking about a great leader", he explained.

"I think that Gary is deserving to play". "It's something you have in your blood".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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