Cahill sits out England training

First published in National Sport © by

Gary Cahill sat out England training on Friday morning with an ankle complaint, although the injury is not expected to rule him out of the European Championship qualifier in Switzerland.

The 28-year-old started this week's unconvincing international friendly 1-0 win against Norway, playing 84 minutes before being replaced by Phil Jagielka.

Cahill was pictured with ice on his ankle after being substituted at half-full Wembley, but Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson quickly downplayed fears over his fitness.

The Chelsea defender did not train on Friday at St George's Park as a precaution, although he is expected to return to training on Saturday before playing in the match against Switzerland.

Cahill's absence meant only 19 of the initial 22-man squad were in action, given West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster and uncapped Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback had already withdrawn through injury.

As a result, three members of the England Under-20s squad were drafted in to help with the training session.

Southampton midfielder Harrison Reed, Barnsley's Paul Digby and Exeter goalkeeper Christy Pym all started the session with Hodgson's side ahead of the Under-20s' match against Romania in Telford later in the day.


Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree