CAHILL: STURRIDGE READY TO SHINE

Posted on: Wed 05 Sep 2012

Gary Cahill has praised his Chelsea team-mate Daniel Sturridge ahead of England's forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

The defender, already with two goals to his name for the Blues this season following strikes against Reading and Atletico Madrid, is back in competitive international action after missing out on Euro 2012 with a fractured jaw, and he believes 23-year-old Sturridge, who has been restricted to just one substitute appearance thus far this campaign, is ready to make a big impact.

'Everyone knows about the talent Daniel has, and how sharp and dangerous he can be,' Cahill explained.

'It's great to see him here after missing the Italy game through injury and he's been lively in training over the last few days.'

The Blues are well represented in the England squad, with Cahill and Sturridge joined by John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ryan Bertrand, who signed a new five-year deal at Stamford Bridge earlier today, while Ashley Cole could yet feature in the match against Ukraine after picking up an ankle injury which rules him out of the Moldova clash.

Cahill also stressed that the midfield partnership between Lampard and Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, which has come under so much scrutiny over the years, has the potential to blossom.

'Can it work? Yes. Why? Because they're two fantastic players individually who have played with many other great players, and they can adapt their game,' he said. 'There isn't a problem with that because they are both such good players.'