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Chelsea fans react as Gary Cahill 'takes a step back' from England duty

At the age of 32, Gary Cahill has decided to ‘take a step back’ from England duty.

Speaking to the club website, Cahill said that did not want to be considered for selection unless there was an injury crisis.

“I think it’s time that I take a step back now,” Cahill said.

“It’s the right moment to do that. I’ve been hugely proud of what I’ve achieved, over 60 caps, I’ve captained my country on a few occasions, which has been a huge honour and something I’ve been really proud of.

Wayne Rooney passes the captain’s armband to Gary Cahill (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

“At the same time, in your football career you never want to shut a door completely, I’ve been hugely honoured to play for my country and if I’m ever needed, I’m there.”

Cahill made his debut for his country whilst at Bolton Wanderers, but became a regular after joining Chelsea.

He was a part of England’s squads for the 2016 Euros and 2014 World Cup – playing every minute – and also appeared at the 2018 World Cup.

(Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

After the retirement of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, Cahill was named vice-captain behind Wayne Rooney and captained England for the first time in a 2–0 home win over Estonia in Euro 2016 qualifying.

All-in-all, he played 61 times for his country, scoring five goals.

But with his club career at Chelsea in the balance, Cahill believes it’s time to hang up his England shirt.

He is facing an uphill battle to reclaim a starting spot, having fallen out of favour with new manager Maurizio Sarri.

So, here’s what Chelsea fans have been saying about Cahill’s decision to focus on Chelsea:

However, not everyone was happy….