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Victor Moses and former Chelsea star Mikel John Obi were selected in Nigeria’s XI to face England at Wembley on Saturday, while defender Kenneth Omeruo came off the bench in the second period.

Chelsea captain Gary Cahill broke the deadlock with a fine header before Harry Kane doubled the score before halftime. Arsenal star Iwobi pulled one back for Super Eagles but England were able to see out the win in their first warm-up friendly ahead of World Cup 2018 in Russia.

Cahill said after the game: “We played against a good team, they are a strong side having players all around Europe as well as in the Premier League. In the second half they changed and we had to adapt to the change. It took 10 minutes, which I think is probably something we will touch upon this week. We saw the game out and we won the game. 

“I bring experience but I am also competing with the rest of squad. I ve still got something to offer, I got that chance to score today and it was a fantastic delivery from Trippier. It’s a great group to be involved with, the team has a lot of positive to take from today”. 

Cahill also backed Manchester City star Raheem Sterling, who was booked for diving in the second half: “Raheem has been fantastic with it all, he manages that situation very, very well. Kept working hard, kept his focus and I think today you saw a performance that, apart from scoring a goal, he was very lively. So, credit to him”.

 

 

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill says Antonio Conte ‘made a great finish’ at the club, whatever is going to happen amid speculations regarding the Italian manager’s future.

Cahill told Chelsea’s official website: “Certainly we feel the sense of uncertainty. That’s obvious to everyone in the last few months. Obviously as players we have no impact on that situation. If I was a betting man, I’m sure the club and the manager will have spoken. Let’s see”.

“All I can say is it’s been a great finish. If the manager stays on then he stays on; if he doesn’t then he’s gone away with an FA Cup. I’m sure the manager will make the best decision for himself and his family and the club will make what they feel is the best decision. It’s totally out of our hands”. 

Conte himself admitted he worked even harder than last season in the last few months to improve the squad and revive Chelsea season.

“I think that’s something that everyone at the club can be proud of, even the people who you don’t see behind the scenes but who work tirelessly every day. It’s a long slog in the season. Everyone feels like we’ve got the reward, and now we’re going to celebrate and have a good time.”

The England international added he would also quiet down rumors as ‘the future is out of our hands’.

“Probably the uncertainty to be put to bed and whatever’s going to happen to happen. We’ll see what happens. It’s out of our hands. We have to try and deliver on the pitch. We fell short in some aspects of the season but today we produced, and the rest behind the scenes is not down to us. A lot of the lads have got big summers ahead.”

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Gary Cahill is over the moon after lifting his first trophy as Chelsea captain.

“We have to win things. Two league titles, an FA Cup and a runners up medal in two years… it’s not bad is it?” the Blues skipper said after winning the final against Manchester United today.

Speaking of Eden Hazard, who scored the penalty that gave the win to Chelsea, he said:

“He was fantastic as was all the boys. We had a lot of defending too, they pushed us to the end. Azpi’s been superb all season, we’re buzzing, got the job done. We’re delighted.

“It’s a dream come true because this is my first as captain of the club. John was last year. I’m delighted I’ve won these competitions because the last one in 2012 I didn’t play in and it’s not the same if you don’t put everything on the pitch.”

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England manager Gareth Southgate revealed Chelsea captain Gary Cahill didn’t answer the phone when he called him and he has to find a different way to tell him he has been included in the list of 23 players who will take part to Russia 2018 World Cup.

He didn’t pick up at first”, Southgate told Metro“and then I left him a message saying, “Look, I don’t only call when it’s bad news” I had left him out of the squad in March and I had a little bet with myself that if I called he wouldn’t pick up”.

However, Southgate wanted to give Cahill the good news as he believes the Blues defender can be useful during England’s campaign in Russia this summer: “He looks happier in himself and happier in his game”, the England boss went on, “so that was nice to be able to be at least let him know that the reason for the call was a good one”. 

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrating his first official goal with Chelsea against Scunthorpe © Francesca Ceciarini

England coach Gareth Southgate just announced his squad for Russia 2018 World Cup.

Chelsea players Gary Cahill and Ruben Loftus- Cheek ( who played on loan to Crystal Palace this season) were named in the 23-men list.

The selected players in full:

Goalkeepers – Jordan Pickford (Everton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Nick Pope (Burnley)

Defenders – John Stones (Manchester City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham)

Midfielders – Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace/ Chelsea), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Fabian Delph (Manchester City)

Forwards-  Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

 

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill believes the Blues’ display against Newcastle United at St.James’ Park was below-par as Antonio Conte’s men suffered a 3-0 defeat in the last game of Premier League 2017/18 season.

The captain told Chelsea’s official website: “It was a below-par performance by ourselves. For whatever reason, we were way off the pace. Newcastle made it very difficult for us early on.”

“They started very well, but there were sloppy things from us: sloppy passes, things we shouldn’t be doing, so we are very disappointed in the dressing room. There were individual mistakes here, there and everywhere which was putting us under extreme amounts of pressure. That’s not in our make-up”.

“It looked to me like everyone had one eye on the cup final, which is very dangerous. We are very lucky that the game was somewhat irrelevant in the end as Liverpool won, because if we had come off that pitch with that performance having thrown a Champions League spot away, it would have been extremely hard to take.”

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Chelsea defender and captain Gay Cahill remains confident as the Blues are bouncing back from their slow start to the season and hopes to earn a place in the Champions League group stages next season are still alive with two games remaining.

The England international said: “This win keeps the hope alive. We need to just keep winning the games and to see where that takes us and see what happens at the end of the season. The first is against Huddersfield, who did brilliantly at Manchester City, not many teams have gone there and got a point this season, so they will be in high spirits from that vital point for them. I’m sure they will come here on Wednesday and try to do the same”.

‘It was a game plan that worked well. We knew it was going to be difficult, they’ve been in fantastic form of late, so we knew it was going to be tough, but we needed a win badly and we got it, so we’re obviously very pleased”.

“We’ve worked hard this week on our plan, physically we’ve worked hard as well. We’re always prepared for the game and I think that showed against Liverpool, but we had to defend very well at times, especially late on. Naturally, 1-0 down, they were going to push and gamble a bit more”.

Cahill added: “I thought we did very well against a front three who’ve been absolutely fantastic. You look at the amount of goals they’ve scored between them this season, it’s phenomenal, so we’re especially pleased to come away with a clean sheet. I felt we defended fantastically well as a team and to get a clean sheet against those three, who are top players and can hurt you time and again, was great”

Chelsea earned a clean sheet against one of the most prolific attacks in the Premier League as Antonio Conte‘s men secured a crucial win against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian manager believes the whole team deserves compliments for their defensive clearances: “I think we played as a team, not just one player” Conte said.

“I think he is an important player, but not just him. Firmino and Mane are top strikers. They score 70 goals with these three players, for this reason they stay in this position. You can see a great work and I think it is right also to give them a great compliment”.

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Cahill agreed with the Spaniard when it came to the manner in which we picked up a third consecutive league victory, all on the road and all with the captain at the heart of our defence.

‘It was tough,’ he said. ‘They need results and they pushed hard at the end.

‘They gambled, put a lot of men forward and made it difficult for us at the end. We needed the win, so a good performance and a good win. It was not always pretty but we dug in and got the result.

‘It looked very difficult to get in the top four a few weeks ago, but let’s see,’ Cahill added.

‘It puts a little bit of pressure on. I’m sure they are used to it, but we have done our job, and all we can do is try and win every single game from now until the end of the season and see where that takes us.’

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has claimed he’s tired of proving himself:  the English defender, 32, is hoping he can keep his place in manager Antonio Conte’s squad for the rest of the season and earn a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for this summer’s World Cup, since he was not selected having for last March friendlies.

“I realise the manager has decisions to make. I realise I’m not getting any younger,” the Blues skipper said.

“I don’t feel like I need to prove anything. I’ve proven it before, time and time again. It gets tiring after a bit, if I’m honest. Maybe that’s just football, maybe that’s just the way my past has gone, I don’t know.”

“Everything is a possibility when you’re playing, hence why I am happy. I am back out there and let’s see what happens at the end of the season. We have gone into the final and the World Cup is coming, so let’s wait and see.”

 

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