Mourinho backs Chelsea star to replace Gerrard as England captain

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has backed defender Gary Cahill to be England's new captain following the retirement of Steven Gerrard.

England's World Cup campaign ended in disaster, failing to even win a game as defeats to Italy and Uruguay and a draw with Costa Rica saw Roy Hodgson's side crash out as the bottom team in Group D in Brazil. Changes are now expected for the Three Lions, with calls for the old guard to be completely eradicated in order to bring through young players such as Calum Chambers, John Stones, Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Raheem Sterling.

One of the more experienced players in the squad has already withdrawn his services to England, with Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard announcing his international retirement earlier this summer. The 34-year-old has called time on an England career that has seen him rack up 114 caps, whilst his retirement has also relinquished the captaincy in the process.

With England's games against Norway and Switzerland coming up at the start of September, manager Hodgson needs to announce his captain soon, with Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney currently the front runner to be handed the armband, though Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart was also been mentioned as a contender.

However, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes that centre back Gary Cahill should be considered following his impressive displays for the Blues.

"I don't want you to say that I prefer Gary in front of Rooney or Gary is better than Rooney. No, I just speak about Gary and Gary can be a captain," said Mourinho. 

'He is not the captain here because we made the decision that John (Terry) is the captain for many, many years, and after that it is about years at the club, so Petr Cech, Didier Drogba, Branislav (Ivanovic), (John) Obi Mikel, so he has lots of guys in front of him.

"So is he going to be Chelsea captain? I hope not, because for him to be (Chelsea) captain then five or six of the other guys they are not able to play. But can he be a captain, do I feel he has the captain's profile? Yes," added Mourinho.

Cahill, 28, is England's most consistent centre back, and his work alongside ex-Three Lions skipper John Terry has matured his game a lot in recent years. Rooney's captaincy at United could stand him in good stead, but Cahill's consistently impressive displays mean he should at least be considered by Hodgson.

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