Chelsea defender hopes Scotland game can help spur England on to World Cup qualification
England v Scotland
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England defender Gary Cahill believes Wednesday's meeting with Scotland
can prepare the Three Lions for their important World Cup qualification run-in.
The Chelsea man fractured his jaw in a clash with Joe Hart against Belgium
- their final warm-up game before Roy Hodgson's men headed to Poland and Ukraine.
And now, with four games to go this autumn, the 27-year-old says he's hungry to make it all the way to Brazil next summer.
"It was a huge blow for me as that would have been my first major tournament with the national team," Cahill told TheFA.com.
"Unfortunately it didn't happen, but the next one around the corner for me is next summer in Brazil.
"I'm really hungry to get there, I hope that I get there, and if I do it will be a great achievement for me and the England team."
Kicking off the new season is England's first match since 1999 against neighbours Scotland. The Teenage Cancer Trust International
at Wembley on Wednesday night will be a chance to the players to come together to prepare for their remaining qualifiers on the Road to Brazil.
"Scotland is a great fixture just before the Premier League season starts and it's great preparation for us leading into next month's qualifiers," said Cahill, who was speaking at an event for England Sponsor Vauxhall
"I don't think it will be a friendly by any means. Obviously we're rivals so we'll be looking to do well against them. Both teams will be going out there wanting to win and it's a game we're all really looking forward to.
"The fans that they'll have, as well as our support, will make it a great atmosphere, it will be electric. That will be really good for us as we've come to expect that when we play at Wembley. Our home support is always fantastic."
In less than a month, Hodgson's men take on Moldova at home
and then head off to Ukraine. In October, two more games at Wembley against Montenegro and Poland wrap up the group, with victories likely to book England on the plane to Brazil.
Cahill added: "The will be some tough games, in particular Ukraine away. I've been there before and that was a crazy atmosphere over there.
"The other big game will be Montenegro at home. But having three games at home is fantastic for us. We enjoy playing at Wembley and it's familiar surroundings for us, so that's a positive.
"We're all looking forward to the games coming up and there is absolutely no reason why we can't qualify for Brazil."
There are still limited tickets available for England v Scotland at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday 14 August for fans who have purchased tickets for previous Three Lions matches. Buy online here: www.TheFA.com/Tickets