Chelsea defender Cahill can do his nation a favour in April - What is it?

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Would Gary Cahill consider leaving a foot in on Luis Suarez ahead of the World Cup ... Mathew Nash hopes not.

The World Cup draw last week filled some fans, like myself, with joy at playing against some decent teams in the Group Stage and others with dread - because we all know Uruguay and Italy are better than us at the moment.

Then, Luis Suarez went and scored six goals in two games - just to remind us all just how special a player he is.

It has left England fans fearing the worst - especially as Uruguay will also have home continent advantage in Brazil.

There is always hope, for all his masterful artistry and effortless ability he is a loose cannon. He might bite an opponent, attack a referee, punch a baby … you get the point.

But barring an act of madness the only thing standing between Luis Suarez and the back of Joe Hart’s goal-net next summer would seem to be injury.

Remember when Aldo Duscher mutilated the previously unheard of metatarsal of David Beckham in 2002.

Duscher the Argentine just before a World Cup where England, for whom Beckham was then the star player, had been drawn against … Argentina.

Everyone was thinking it - did he hit him hard on purpose. Of course not, Duscher was known throughout his career as ‘The Butcher’ - everyone got hit hard, that was the Aldo way.

But would an Englishman consider paying a little more attention to Luis Suarez before the cup.

The best opportunity would fall at the feet of Gary Cahill. Chelsea take on Liverpool on the 26th April - with just two games left in the season afterwards.

Cahill - as well as John Terry - will surely be going in a little stronger than usual when they face up against the man hotly tipped to send England home early.

Then again, probably not.

Football has changed a lot. When was the last time you saw two teams side by side in the tunnel refusing to talk to one another, like Vieira v Keane of old?

It doesn’t happen anymore, it is all handshakes and hugs, Instagram and ‘how’s the missus?’

Usually I don’t like that sort of stuff - but if it is the sort of respect that might stop another professional deliberately trying to injure another I am all for it.

But don’t take it easy on him either now, will you Gary.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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