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Chelsea's Cahill to discuss England future with Southgate after limited game time at World Cup

Gary Cahill made just one appearance at the World Cup with England exiting at the semi-final stage.

Gary Cahill speaks to England manager Gareth Southgate after their World Cup defeat to Belgium
Gary Cahill speaks to England manager Gareth Southgate after their World Cup defeat to Belgium

ENGLAND CENTRE-BACK Gary Cahill plans to hold talks with manager Gareth Southgate about his future.

Cahill has made only one appearance in the World Cup for the Three Lions, playing the full 90 minutes as a much-changed team lost to Belgium in a dead rubber group game.

The 32-year-old, capped 61 times by his country, had been a surprise inclusion in Southgate’s squad after falling out of favour at Chelsea during last season.

Speaking to Sky Sports after Wednesday’s semi-final defeat to Croatia, he said: ”I’m going to have a good conversation with the manager about the future in the coming month.

“But I can finish my England career knowing I’ve played every possible fixture I can play in the times I’ve been selected.’

“So if you’re asking if I want to play, yeah, I do. If selected I’ll go out and give it everything I’ve got.”

Speaking about England’s semi-final exit, Cahill added:

“Everyone is gutted, everyone is upset – unless you win this tournament there’s always going to be a bad feeling when you go out, whatever stage it is,” he said.

“We just fell short at the second to last hurdle but as a team we should be very proud of ourselves and, for me, looking at that young squad, we should just feel positive about the future.”

Additional reporting by Sinéad Farrell

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