Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said that Gary Cahill’s inclusion in England’s World Cup squad will only benefit the Three Lions as he has a wealth of experience.
Cahill is set to be England’s most capped outfield player in Russia although the centre-back is not guaranteed a starting berth in Gary Southgate’s team. He has also been limited in his starts at Chelsea.
However, Conte has thrown his weight behind the defender, insisting that his wealth of experience will benefit the rest of the Three Lions squad.
In a press conference, Conte told reporters: “In this moment he’s deserving to play, because he’s playing well. He’s in good physical condition. We are talking about an important player with great experience. He has played big competitions.
“I know that when you have to go to play this competition, the World Cup or European Championships, it’s important to have players with great experience because the pressure will become very strong for everyone.
“I think that Gary is deserving to play. To play and then to have the chance to go and play in the World Cup. But, at the same time, I have always shown great respect for [Gareth] Southgate. I think he’s a really good, important manager.”
Meanwhile, Cahill has started 21 games for Chelsea in the Premier League this season.