Chelsea defender Gary Cahill does not hide a sense of pride in the fact that will captain England out at Wembley for tomorrow’s European Championship qualifier against Estonia.
Due to Wayne Rooney ankle injury, Cahill has received the captain’s armband for at least one match. Chelsea player in few words described his feelings after receiving such honors.
Cahil told Chelsea’s official website:
”I’m extremely proud to be leading England out tomorrow. It’s a great honour and a dream come true, a career high,’’
‘‘I’ve spoken to Wayne Rooney a lot and I’m looking forward to the feeling of leading England out Wembley.”
‘‘I don’t want to change anything in the way I approach the game just because I have the armband. I don’t think that just because I have the armband on I should start ranting and raving at people.”
‘‘I’m a laid-back guy off the pitch but on the pitch I’m very vocal. I demand a lot of my team-mates, as my team-mates do of me.’’
Asked about the chance for England to win all their qualifying matches and thus beating the record, Cahill said:
‘‘To win 10 out of 10 would be a huge achievement,’’
‘‘The lads are fully motivated to go out and perform for their country.”
‘‘We have some improvements to make, and time to do that. We’ll be judged on what happens in France but we’re looking forward.’’
Asked about the situation at Chelsea, he answered:
‘‘We’ve had a very tough start, everybody knows that, but I’ve never been as determined to turn things around personally and I’m sure my team-mates feel the same,”
‘‘The Southampton game was disappointing and I’m very hungry to turn it around, as is everybody at the club.’’