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Ray Lewington made 92 appearances for Chelsea during the seventies and the former Chelsea midfielder, who assisted former England manager Roy Hodgson between 2012 and 2016, has praised the leadership qualities of Gary Cahill.

“We saw Gary grow up as a man during that time,” said Lewington as quoted on Chelsea official website.

“His CV is so impressive that you’d be thinking this boy is a brash, confident lad, but he’s actually very quiet. He’s a very, very likeable man and I’ve got a lot of time for him.

“He’s quite a shy and introverted lad, he’s not what people typically think of footballers.

“Instead of having big meetings where everyone would attend, we would get a group of six, or maybe just the back four, and rather than us telling them, we’d say, ‘You tell us.’

“Through that, I think Gary really came to the fore. We’d have a meeting between the back four or whatever and Gary would be quite vocal, whereas before he may not have said a word.

“We saw him mature and grow and become someone with an opinion – and an opinion we trusted and took notice of.

“His CV is fantastic – he’s won everything with Chelsea, he’s played for England, he’s vice-captain and he’s captained the side when Wayne Rooney’s not there,’ said the 60-year-old.

“He should remember that – and he’s done it because he deserves it. He’s done really well.”

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