Cahill in for Ferdinand

Published Add your comment

Football News

England defender Rio Ferdinand has been ruled out of the World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan and Gary Cahill has received a shock call-up.

Ferdinand's calf injury, a complaint he was understood to be carrying before Manchester United's Champions League final, means he will miss the trip to Almaty but could return for the clash against Andorra next week after the problem is assessed.

With Phil Jagielka sidelined, England boss Fabio Capello turned to Cahill after the 23-year-old's impressive season with Bolton.

"I was at home and I got a phone call from the FA (Football Association) saying that they wanted me in the squad," Cahill said on his club's official website,

"I've had to get a few tools together - the boots and the shin pads - and now I am really looking forward to the opportunity.

"I've had a good season and I've worked really hard. I've been in the provisional squad twice before and then this third time I was included once again, so I'm obviously delighted to get the call."

Tottenham skipper Ledley King, whose call-up in March caused controversy as he cannot play matches in quick succession because of a chronic knee problem, would have been another option but he could only have played in one of the two qualifiers.

Cahill now joins Matthew Upson and Joleon Lescott as the players competing for a place alongside skipper John Terry at centre-back for the clash against Kazakhstan.

The rest of Capello's squad have trained, including Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole, who sat out Monday after taking a kick during the FA Cup final at the weekend.

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Tottenham Hotspur
European News
Matthew Upson
Ashley Cole
John Terry
Ledley King
Bolton Wanderers
Premier League
UEFA Champions League
Manchester United
Joleon Lescott
Phil Jagielka
Gary Cahill
FA Cup
Rio Ferdinand

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again