Three Lions defender says England are ready for return to World Cup qualifying action
England v Moldova
FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifier
8pm, Friday 6 September
Live on ITV
says England are fully focused on their two upcoming World Cup Qualifiers as they return to competitive action for the first time in six months.
The last three games for Roy Hodgson’s men have all been friendlies, and their previous fixtures on the road to Brazil were back in March when they picked up four points against San Marino and Montenegro.
Now Cahill says the Three Lions are ready to get back to business with games against Moldova at Wembley on Friday
and an away trip to Ukraine on their immediate agenda.
“We've had friendlies lately that have been big in their own right, but these are the really important games coming up and the lads are aware of that,” said Cahill.
“These are the games when we are under pressure to go out and get wins. Hopefully we can get a result on Friday to lead us into the next game."
He continued: "People might look at the result and think we'll win 5-0, but if we win 1-0 will that be a bad result?
“Of course not, that’ll be a positive result leading into the second game. We must show them a lot of respect and go out and do the job people expect us to do, try and play as well as we can and get the win.
“Ultimately we want to win the game, if we can do that then that will be great.”
Cahill knows the importance of picking up maximum points at Wembley on Friday before the team flies out to Kiev for their second qualifier of the week.
When England last faced Ukraine in a World Cup Qualifier in 2009 the game ended in defeat, though they had already secured qualification to the 2010 World Cup Finals.
However, this time it’s a little different with the Ukrainians currently breathing down the Three Lions’ neck in Group H, just a point behind with four games remaining.
But the Chelsea defender says last month’s win over Scotland, as well as the draw away in Brazil, has given the team a lot of confidence.
“When I was first in the squad I was over in Ukraine and it was a hostile atmosphere, so I expect something similar this time,” he recalled.
“But we're focused on the game on Friday, looking at their strengths and weaknesses. If we got the two wins we'll be in a real good position and confidence wise we'll be on our way.”
Cahill added: "Away in Brazil, it’s a tough place to go, and we got a draw and could have won it, followed by a win at home. There's confidence going into these game, with points up for grabs hopefully that will lift us and we can do the job.”
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