Move has paid dividends - Cahill

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Gary Cahill has set his sights on earning a World Cup spot and believes his decision to quit Aston Villa to obtain regular football at Bolton has been justified.

Cahill made the £5million switch to the Reebok Stadium during the January 2008 transfer window because Villa boss Martin O'Neill could give him no assurances of a first-team spot. Now with just eight months to go before the finals in South Africa, Cahill is part of Fabio Capello's plans and could make his international bow in the forthcoming qualifiers with Ukraine and Belarus.

Cahill said: "I left Villa because I was hungry as a young lad and wanted to play week in and week out. If I had bided my time there, I might have got into the side and carried on playing there - but I chose to move and I've not looked back since.

He added: "It has turned out to be a good decision for me.

"People say Bolton are not fashionable but, since Fabio Capello took the job, it has never been an issue which club you play for in the Premier League and he has proven that.

"If you are doing the business and performing well, you've always got a chance.

"I play for Bolton but I'm here now with England and I don't think that matters too much in the manager's eyes and that is a great thing."

Cahill admits he is no different to any other member of Capello's squad when setting his sights on the 2010 finals.

He said: "There is the motivation of a World Cup at the end of the season which couldn't be greater.

"There is a massive prize at the end of the tunnel. I am sure everyone in the squad will feel they've got a shout of being involved in that, and I'm no different."

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