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Gary Cahill had been out of the Chelsea squad having lost his place to Andreas Christensen, but the Chelsea skipper has won back the trust of the manager and has played in three consecutive games for the Blues, putting in some good displays.

Conte was asked if Cahill deserves a place in the England squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia, and the Chelsea boss agreed that a player of his experience should be in the World Cup.

Conte told the media: “We are talking about an important player for Chelsea and for the national team. He has great experience. He is playing in the middle now, and I think he is playing very well. He has to continue in this way.

“He has played in big competitions. I have great respect for Gareth Southgate. He has to make the best decision for the national team.

“I have opportunities to make rotations with the three defenders, and try to make the best decision game by game,” added Conte.

“Christensen is having an important season, his first for Chelsea with this pressure. Now it’s right to give the opportunity to Gary to play more. He is deserving this.”

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