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Gary Cahill set for ultimate England honor

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As is often the case in sports, it's an injury that has opened up an opportunity.  Arise, Captain Gary Cahill.

Gary Cahill will skipper England in their European Championship qualifier at Wembley on Friday night the FA has announced.

-source: Chelsea FC

The ultimate honor for England's Brave Gary Cahill, who has served as the Three Lions' vice-captain since September of last year.  Wayne Rooney, nowadays England's all-time leading scorer, is the captain normally, but he will miss Friday's match against Estonia with some sort of minor foot injury.

Cahill will be the first Chelsea man to captain England since Frank Lampard deputised for Steven Gerrard in the match against Costa Rica at the 2014 World Cup.  That was Lampard's final England match, and the final match he played while still under contract at Chelsea.  Presumably, Cahill will not be meeting a similar fate after Friday just yet.

England have already qualified for next summer's European Championship.  They could complete a perfect qualifying campaign by winning their final two matches during this international break (home to Estonia on Friday, and away to Lithuania on Tuesday).

Congrats, Gary!

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