GARY Cahill’s selection for the England squad means a double boost for the defender who comes from Dronfield and is a Wednesday fan.
He is on course to be fit for the European Champions League Final against Bayern Munich in Germany on Saturday.
Cahill, who also had a loan spell with Sheffield United in the 2007-08 season, injured a hamstring in Chelsea’s semi-final against Barcelona.
His team had been in danger of going into the Allianz Arena clash this weekend without any recognised senior centre-backs.
The 26-year-old, now back in training, said: “I’m happy that it’s healed quickly. I will be fit, and hopefully I’ll be out there.”
“It’s so nice to get back out there and get running around and kicking a ball about.
“There’s some work to be done leading up to the game for me to get back into it, and if I need to do a little bit of other training, I’ll do that. But, touch wood, there’s no reaction.”
Cahill, who joined Chelsea from Bolton in January, said that Saturday’s game would be the biggest of his life.
“I think it’s the biggest game for probably many of the boys,” he said. “We’re under no illusions how big the game is. It’s going to be a good night and, hopefully, it goes to plan.”
Cahill was desperate to hear the famous Champions League music one more time this season.
“It’s just like when the national anthem plays for England” he said.
“It is a sort of hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck moment when you hear it and it gets you geed up and fired up for the game.”