From Dronfield to England for thrilled ex-Blade

SHEFFIELDER Gary Cahill says he's thrilled with his first call-up to the England senior squad.

Rio Ferdinand's calf injury led Fabio Capello to draft the one-time Sheffield United loan player (16 games; 2007-2008) into the squad to face Kazakhstan in Saturday's World Cup qualifier.

Cahill started his career at Sunday League AFC Dronfield, where he played up until the age of 15. He is now with Bolton Wanderers.

"I haven't had the time to take it all in, but no doubt when I'm sat in the hotel room tonight it will hit home that I'm actually in the England squad," said the 23-year-old who was preparing for his summer holidays.

"I've had to get a few tools together - the boots and the shin pads - and now I am really looking forward to the opportunity."

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