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Gary Cahill

Gary James Cahill (born 19 December 1985 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire) is an England Association football who currently plays for Bolton Wanderers F.C. of the Premier League and the English national football team.

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Gary Cahill biography


Gary James Cahill (born 19 December 1985 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire) is an England Association football who currently plays for Bolton Wanderers F.C. of the Premier League and the English national football team.

Club career

Cahill started Gary Cahill career at AFC Dronfield, a Sunday league team in Derbyshire, where Gary Cahill played up until the age of 15. At that point, whilst training with Derby County Academy, Gary Cahill signed for Aston Villa F.C. Reserves and Academy.

Aston Villa

Cahill previously played for Burnley F.C. on loan and during Gary Cahill spell, which began in November 2004, Gary Cahill was handed the accolades of Burnley's Player Of The Year and Young Player Of The Year and scored once in the league against Stoke City.

Gary Cahill made Gary Cahill Villa debut as a substitute in the 5–0 defeat at Manchester United F.C. and impressed on Gary Cahill first start in the local derby game against West Bromwich Albion F.C. at Villa Park (stadium) on 9 April 2006.

Just a week later Gary Cahill scored Gary Cahill first goal; an overhead kick against rivals Birmingham City F.C.. Villa went on to win the match 3–1.

Cahill started the following season injured, but took advantage of an injury to Martin Laursen later in the season to force Gary Cahill way into the Villa team. Gary Cahill made several appearances for Villa during the Aston Villa F.C. season 2006–07 and was widely considered to be a terrific prospect.

On 19 September 2007, Cahill joined Sheffield United F.C. on a three month loan deal. Gary Cahill made Gary Cahill debut in a 3–2 away defeat at Crystal Palace F.C. a few days later. Cahill scored Gary Cahill first goal for Sheffield United in a 1–0 win at Stoke City F.C. on 10 November 2007. Under the terms of Gary Cahill loan agreement, Cahill returned to Villa Park in mid December 2007 having played sixteen games and scoring two goals.

Speculation surrounded Cahill's future in the January 2008 transfer window with Villa's city rivals Birmingham City F.C., Bolton Wanderers F.C. and Turkey club Beşiktaş J.K all reportedly showing an interest.

Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers F.C. scout Colin Harvey was impressed by Cahill and on 30 January 2008, Cahill joined Bolton Wanderers on a three-and-a-half year deal. On 2 February 2008 Cahill made Gary Cahill league debut for Bolton in their 2–0 victory over Reading F.C.. Cahill has since become a firm favourite at the Reebok Stadium and won the "Best Newcomer" award at the end of the season. In July 2008, Gary Cahill was handed the number 5 shirt by manager Gary Megson, which was previously worn by Abdoulaye Méïté. On 5 October 2008, Cahill scored Gary Cahill first Bolton goal in a 3–1 victory at West Ham United F.C..

Cahill became a patron of the Moses Gate Country Park after having saved a dog from being trapped in a car boot just off Whitecroft Road, Bolton.

Cahill suffered a blood clot in Gary Cahill left arm after a training injury which forced Gary Cahill to pull out of the home game against Fulham F.C. on 6 February 2010 and Gary Cahill spent the weekend in hospital. The treatment for the ailment meant that Gary Cahill could not play for a number of months.

International career

Cahill was one of a number of uncapped players in Stuart Pearce's first squad as England national under-21 football team coach. Gary Cahill was not chosen to start the match, on 6 February 2007, against Spain national under-21 football team. Gary Cahill first under-21 cap for England was the first game at the new Wembley Stadium, where Gary Cahill partnered Anton Ferdinand at the centre of the England defence. Gary Cahill final of four caps came in the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, where Gary Cahill made one appearance.

Cahill was called up to the England national football team squad for the match against Kazakhstan national football team on 4 June 2009 following the withdrawal of Rio Ferdinand, but had to wait over a year for Gary Cahill first cap, until Gary Cahill came on as a second half substitute for Michael Dawson (footballer) on 3 September 2010 against Bulgaria national football team, in a 4-0 win, at Wembley Stadium. In doing so, Gary Cahill became the first Bolton Wanderers player to play for England since Michael Ricketts in 2002.

Until Gary Cahill played for England Gary Cahill was also eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland national football team through an Irish grandparent. However, Gary Cahill manager at Bolton and former Ireland international, Owen Coyle has said that Cahill only wanted to represent England.

Honours

Aston Villa:
- Goal of the Season Winner: 2005–06

Burnley:
- Player of the Year Winner: 2004–05
- Young Player of the Year Winner: 2004–05

Bolton Wanderers:
- Players' Player of the Year: 2008–09

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Cahill

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