Frank Lampard says Gary Cahill can enjoy a long career with England

Gary Cahill: Chelsea and England defender has been praised by team-mate Frank Lampard

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Frank Lampard believes Gary Cahill can enjoy a long international career with England after labelling his Chelsea team-mate as 'a top centre-half in world football'.

Cahill is expected to be brought into the England team to face Ukraine on Tuesday after club colleague John Terry was ruled out due to the ankle injury suffered in the 5-0 win in Moldova.

Former Bolton Wanderers defender Cahill has won 10 caps for England since making his debut two years ago and savoured a stunning start to his Chelsea career.

After moving to Stamford Bridge in January, the 26-year-old helped the Blues to win the UEFA Champions League for the first time after playing a key role in the semi-final success over Barcelona.

He was forced to miss Euro 2012 due to an injury picked up in the pre-tournament friendly against Belgium, but is now set to benefit from Terry's absence.

Lampard concedes former captain Terry's presence will be missed at Wembley, but has hailed the impact Cahill has made in recent months.

"John will be a big miss, he is very influential, a top player who was fantastic at the Euros when playing under certain pressures," said Lampard.

"As a squad we have to deal with his absence and luckily we have great cover whether Gary Cahill or Phil Jagielka comes in.

"Gary has grown completely as a player. I have nothing but massive things to say for Gary.

"To come to Chelsea after the season we had last year, fit in and play the games he did against Barcelona and then the final, he has proven he is a top, top centre-half in world football.

"Internationally he can go on and play for a long time."