England defender Gary Cahill has admitted that he was concerned that Chelsea’s poor season could well cost him his international spot.
The Blues have toiled this term and are set to finish in mid-table, with no silverware and no Champions League football next season.
Cahill has been in-and-out of the West London outfit’s starting XI this season and competes for a role in the team with Kurt Zouma and skipper John Terry.
The former Bolton Wanderers man has been given a consistent chance to play since Zouma’s injury and is set to lead England out against world champions Germany later today.
Cahill has confessed that it has been a tough campaign for everyone at Chelsea and that he was concerned about how it would impact his chances with Euro 2016 on the not-so distant horizon.
“It’s been a tough season, I’ll not lie. A tough season as everyone can see, with the changes and everything else,” The Mirror quote the defender as saying.
“I’m happy that I’m back in the team, especially leading up to an important tournament. That’s where I was so concerned when I was out of the team. That was a concern for me.
“My concern was that if I wasn’t playing for Chelsea then I wouldn’t be picked for England, and I wasn’t afraid to say that.
“No one wants to be satisfied sitting at a big club if you’re not playing every week. I’ve always been playing in my career.
“You’re not going to play every game of every season, so you have to work harder when you’re out. But it’s important to be playing going into a big tournament.
“But moving forward, I feel fit, I’m playing okay at Chelsea. The most important thing is I’m back out on the field and can show what I can do.”
Cahill will have an important role at Chelsea next season following the exit of Terry.