Tony Gale's World Cup contenders: Chelsea's Gary Cahill will be England's main man at the back
Sky Sports pundit Tony Gale believes Gary Cahill has emerged as England's chief defender for the World Cup.
Last Updated: 14/04/14 3:25pm
Cahill has formed a formidable partnership with John Terry for Chelsea this season. The pair have conceded the least amount of goals of any Premier League side and Gale says Cahill has improved alongside the former England captain.
Giving his thoughts on who he thinks should be in Roy Hodgson's squad for the summer tournament in Brazil, Gale also told Sky Sports News he believes Liverpool's Jordan Henderson is almost certainly on the plane to South America.
"Cahill has really benefited from playing alongside Terry this season. His game awareness and positional sense have improved as well as his ability on the ball. He plays things simply now.
"We need to get Phil Jagielka fit and re-establish that partnership with Cahill. John Terry won't be going so Cahill, as an all-round defender, looks like he's going to be our main man for the World Cup now."
"He will obviously miss the next three games for Liverpool after being sent-off against Man City, which is unfortunately going to cost Liverpool.
"When he had that poor first touch and Samir Nasri came in, you knew what was going to happen next - I was willing him not to do it.
"But he'll be on the plane, don't worry about that. He's still done enough."
"I didn't think he had his best game against Man City. I thought he played well without setting the place alight, but he had such a part to play to calm things down.
"He nearly played as a sweeper at times. The beauty of Gerrard is that he's not just great on the ball, he's an all-round footballer who can sniff out danger and stop it.
"Going into the World Cup he is going to be our talisman along with Wayne Rooney. Hopefully the emotion of everything that's gone on with Liverpool this season doesn't affect Gerrard's play too much."
"We talked about him improving his game awareness earlier in the season and he has done that - he knows now when to make runs and when to get in behind.
"He has also played at both the tip of a diamond and in wide positions and he's in great form. It was a great take for his goal against Man City."