Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cahill's Hungry for Success in France to Take Away Bitter Taste of World Cup Failure

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cahill's Hungry for Success in France to Take Away Bitter Taste of World Cup Failure

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

STAND-IN captain Gary Cahill is desperate to win Euro 2016 to take away the pain of England's dreadful World Cup in Brazil last year.

England's challenge was over after just two group games last summer and Cahill, who skippers the side against Estonia in the absence of Wayne Rooney at Wembley tonight, admitted: "I still have the feeling of the World Cup in my mind. I still have the bitter taste in my mouth.

"It doesn't affect my performance but I have that feeling of unfinished business. I want to change it, it is something in your career you want to put right and that's what stands out for me.

"For years, everyone has felt the same and wanted to win something for their country. If I did that it would be incredible and for the others I'm sure it would be the same.

"The problem is you don't get a regular opportunity to do it, they come around only so often and you have to be in form, and a part of the plans of the manager, to be out there. There is a lot of work you have to do to achieve it.

"What you do at club level is fantastic and you can look back and be proud of it. But if you were to win something with the national team, it would be huge.

"I just want to work as hard as I can and make sure we give everything we can in France. That's all you can ask of everybody. If that's good enough, then it would be amazing.

"I will never have regrets because I feel privileged to be playing for my country anyway. But if it was to happen it would be phenomenal."

Cahill believes winning the European Championships would match Chelsea's Champions League victory in 2012.

He has won the League title, FA Cup, League Cup, Europa League and Champions League with Chelsea and says the only thing missing is success with England.

Asked by Standard Sport what it would mean to lift the trophy in France next summer, he said: "It would be well up there up with winning the Champions League. …

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