Chelsea and England centre-back Gary Cahill says that he is ready to be the 'next' John Terry.

According to the player, he has stepped out of John Terry's shadow and proved himself the man for the big occasion.

"I understand when two players like JT and Rio move out of the international scene, huge players, there is a big void there and somebody needs to come in," said Cahill.

"There will always be questions asked. But I've done enough for Chelsea to warrant my place now and for me it's down to form to keep it."

Cahill has certainly answered any critics with 'eye catching' performances, particularly for Chelsea. Overall, he has become more vocal as well as becoming more organised in taking up the right positions at the right time.

This comes down to adopting some of Terry's leadership qualities and general defensive play.

If Cahill can maintain this sort of form and grow and develop into John Terry's mould, the future looks bright for both Chelsea and England fans.

His current England partnership with Phil Jagielka has been as good as the Ferdinand/Terry one and there is a possibility that it could better that.

For this to happen, it is imporant that Cahill keeps growing as not only a player but as a 'leader' as well.

In conclusion, he will be fundamental to Chelsea's season if they are to challenge for honours and equally to England's, should they qualify for next year's World Cup.

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