Gary Cahill has England on his mind as Fabio Capello watches Bolton defender shine yet again

Gary Cahill hopes he has laid down a marker for a place in next week's England
squad after Fabio Capello watched him help Bolton to a 2-1 victory at Birmingham
at the weekend.

gary cahill and lee bowyer

Whose ball? Bolton's Gary Cahill (left) and Birmingham's Lee Bowyer battle for possession

Central defender Cahill, 23, has twice been called up to the international fold but is yet to win his first full cap.

And with England already qualified for next summer's World Cup, the defender hopes his club form can see him gain a place for the forthcoming qualifiers against Ukraine and Belarus - and possibly beyond.

'I had no idea he (Capello) was in the stands, and that is probably a good thing.

'You just go about your game the same way as you'd normally do,' said Cahill.

'But I hope he took some positives from my performance.

'I keep trying, giving 100 per cent and then we'll see where it takes me.

'You have to be positive, and confident in your own ability.

'I am hungry to get there and hopefully it will work out for me in the end.'

John Terry, Matthew Upson, Rio Ferdinand and Joleon Lescott are the four main centre backs used by Capello but with fitness doubts over Ferdinand, Cahill could well feature in the build-up to the World Cup.

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