Arguably the best Premier League central defensive partnership this season has been that of John Terry and Gary Cahill.
The recent performances of the English pairing have once again called for Terry to come out of international retirement and line-up alongside his team-mate in the centre of defence for the Three Lions at the World Cup.
However after Chelsea’s 4-0 thrashing of Tottenham to go seven-points clear at the top, Terry was keen to re-iterate he won’t be returning to the national side: "My days are gone and now it's for players like Gary [Cahill] to push on for the country. He's the man for England going forward," he said.
The 33-year-old represented his country 78 times during a controversial international career which saw him removed from captaincy twice: "A lot went on with myself and England, I loved playing for my country and being captain twice but things have changed and moved on and I can hopefully keep us [Chelsea] at the top of the league."
As the Barking-born defender states, his main objective is to win the title with Chelsea for the first time since 2010 and if they are to achieve that, a lot of the praise will go to him and Cahill who have been superb in defence.
People’s opinions on this can vary but if we look at the statistics, you cannot argue.
The defensive duo have been part of a Chelsea side which have only conceded three goals in 10 League games so far in 2014 and with a total of twenty-two in total along with 13 clean-sheets, it is clearly evident they have a wonderful recipe which is working.
Victory over London rivals Spurs on Saturday evening extended their Premier League unbeaten run to 14 games as they kept their dreams alive of becoming champions in Jose Mourinho’s first season back as manager at the Bridge.
Mourinho won back-to-back League titles in his first reign at the Blues before leaving for Inter Milan where he won Serie A twice and the UEFA Champions League.
Three-years at Real Madrid followed as they were crowned La Liga winners and the Copa del Rey victors before returning to Chelsea last summer.
His arrival back at Stamford Bridge has seen him get the best out of his captain once more and if players are being picked purely on form shown in the League for their respective clubs, Terry would be a certainty for England.
Unfortunately off-the-field issues in the past will evidently end any possibility of Terry returning to the England side, however surely a formidable partnership for club can only be positive for country.
Instead the likelihood is that 28-year-old Cahill will partner one of Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones or Chris Smalling in just-under 100 days at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Terry and Cahill may be the top two central-defenders for England currently but we will not see them linking up in South America.
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