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Gary Cahill On England Debut

Gary Cahill On England Debut

Gary Cahill made his England U21 debut earning his first international cap at the weekend. What a debut, his first cap and the first match to be played at the new Wembley Stadium! Gabby also featured, as did Ashley Young, although he only got a 2 minute run out at the end. Liam Ridgewell was an unused sub.

Cahill said of the experience, where England drew 3-3 with Italy:

'It was a nice occasion and I have some memorabilia from the day. I was hoping that I would be playing because a few dropped out. I got the full 90 minutes. They were class opposition and the pitch did cut up a bit. When you play in that standard, it is about concentrating. It was difficult in the second half. I thought we were comfortable in the first half. We conceded too many goals for my liking. We should be more solid.'

'We came to train here in the week and had a look around. It is a good stadium and I am just pleased that I played in the first match. It is definitely a highlight of my career so far but now you move on and move forward. It is your club form that gets you into the England Under-21 squad, so that is more important, but it was great to be involved in this.'

'It was good that four Villa players were here. Most of the other clubs have only got two players here. Credit to the Villa staff, who have done a good job. With a bit of time, our youth policy will stand us in good stead.'

I remember being told by one of the people in the youth set up to look out for Cahill. He wasn't being mentioned that much with other names such as Stefan and Luke Moore, Stephen Cooke and Gabby getting the attention, but I was told Cahill was the cream of the crop. Seems he wasn't joking, he looks a top class player, lets hope he is at the centre of Villa's defence for many years to come!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday March 26 2007
Time: 11:53AM


very proud moment (!!!) as I cropped the images for this, oh the fun I have!!
The Fear
26/03/2007 12:17:00
I think having 4 players on the U-21 team shows the long-term outlook that Villa mgmt have. MON obviously didn't buy them all, but it is also obvious that he is building the team around a young core and thinking beyond this year and even next year. I like it!
26/03/2007 14:14:00
Having said that Attila, not many players actually make it from the u21's into the really big time. The best players actually skip the u21's and go and play with the big boys. I wonder how many will get a game next year?
26/03/2007 21:41:00
Thought that Gary Cahill played reasonably well, particularly as his central defensive partner Ferdinand looked somewhat shaky throughout. Pity Gabby got injured and couldn't continue in the second half, while it was surprising to see Ashley Young only get a couple of minutes run out.
27/03/2007 16:23:00
Cahill's going right to the top. Ifirst saw him play for the first team in a pre-season friendly against Wycombe in 2006. He showed all the signs then as being a top-class player. and apparently also has good leadership qualities so could see him as the next Villa captain. Also great to see so many of our lads being recognised at U21 level. Lets hope they all move on to the senior England squad in the near future.
27/03/2007 23:28:00
He played really well and yeah ferdinand was a bit poor
28/03/2007 13:51:00
One up to you villacross. I have to admit that the first two times I saw him at first team level, at Wycombe and at Wolverhampton Wanderers in a friendly, I had serious doubts about him. I had seen him play several times for the reserves, and while I thought he was o.k., he didn't strike me as anything particularly special. Then he went off to Burnley and received rave reports, proving once again that I had no idea what I was talking about. Upon his return from Turf Moor and those two appearances I've previously mentioned, I again questioned his quality. How very wrong I was.
30/03/2007 19:39:00
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