Chelsea defender Gary Cahill wants to fight for his England shirt
By Ed Hutson
Last Updated: 28/07/16 12:48pm
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is looking to prove his worth to new England manager Sam Allardyce.
Cahill was a regular during Roy Hodgson's time in charge, winning 39 of his 47 caps under the former national boss, including captaining his country for the first time in a 2-0 win over Estonia in a Euro 2016 qualifier.
But he was a key part of the squad that failed at the finals in France, playing every minute of the campaign that ended with the shock 2-1 defeat to Iceland in the last 16.
However, he admits he has no intention of calling time on his international career and is hopeful of remaining part of England's plans under the new manager.
"I'm looking to keep involved and keep that shirt. I am excited to be working under Sam," Cahill said.
"I'm looking to impress him at the start of the season and also if I'm fortunate enough to be involved in the squad.
"It's going to be interesting to work under him. It's down to me to play well and make sure I hit the ground running so that I am in the squad."
Cahill's former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho labelled Allardyce's direct style of play as '19th-century football' when the pair clashed two years ago, but the 30-year-old is keeping an open mind to a new style of football.
"It's going to be a change. The manager is going to come in and put his ideas over to us," added Cahill, who played more than 100 times for Bolton after Allardyce had left the club.
"I am excited to get back into the season to try and be a part of his plans. I'm ready for us to buy into his ideas now."