World Cup 2014: England's Gary Cahill says tournament debut will be extra special
England's Gary Cahill says the World Cup will be extra special after he missed out on the 2010 tournament and Euro 2012.
Last Updated: 08/06/14 12:28pm
Cahill suffered a blood clot in his chest in February 2010, costing him any chance of making Fabio Capello's squad to travel to South Africa.
And two years later, Cahill suffered a double fracture of the jaw in England's final friendly match before the start of the tournament after colliding with team-mate Joe Hart against Belgium.
The 28-year-old said the frustration of his previous experiences made him all the more grateful for the chance to play in Brazil.
"It does [feel special], because it's my first tournament," said the Chelsea defender, who is part of Roy Hodgson's first-choice centre-back pairing with Phil Jagielka.
"I have waited a long time for it to come and I was really excited previously.
"For the 2010 World Cup I was an outside shot of making the squad and I had my blood clot.
"Then I was one game away for Euro 2012 and I broke my jaw - it was like, 'Is this not for me?'. So to be involved in this is massive for me.
"It's been good of late. Not that long ago I wasn't really in the frame or I was grafting to get in the squad and just be a part of it, but now I feel like I'm a big part of it, which is pleasing.
"It shows how far I have come and I am obviously really happy."
England kick off their Group D campaign in Brazil against Italy on June 14.
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