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Cahill eyes England boost after Chelsea move

By Ben Rumsby

Gary Cahill last night declared that his move to Chelsea could only help England's European Championship hopes.

Cahill trained with the Blues for the first time yesterday after finally completing his £7m transfer from Bolton.

The 26-year-old defender has already struck up an understanding with new Chelsea team-mates John Terry and Ashley Cole on the international stage.

And he is certain playing alongside them at club level would boost not only his chances of sealing a place in the England side, but also the country's hopes of a successful summer.

“I am sure that the England manager is happy that there is a possibility we could be playing together, but you have to be respectful of the fact that I have to earn my position in this team by working hard in training,” said Cahill.

“Coming to a club like Chelsea, there are top-class, international players all the way through the squad so there is going to be strong competition and it is not going to be easy. I just hope when I get my chance I take it.

“Obviously playing with the English boys here will help our understanding, but I am taking nothing for granted. I am coming here to work hard and try to get in the team first of all.”

Cahill, who has seven caps, hailed Terry for helping him settle into international football.

“It was fantastic to make my first appearance for England playing alongside someone as experienced as John Terry is and as good as John Terry is,” he said.

“It made my job a lot easier and I have played a few times with him now and it has been fantastic.

“We only meet up every now and then with England but it was nice that there are faces here that I know and have spoken to before.”

Cahill joined Chelsea after more than a fortnight of wrangling over the player's personal terms.

Reports suggested the player had demanded £100,000-per-week, £30,000 more than the Blues were willing to pay, with the parties eventually shaking hands on a figure of £80,000.

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