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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill is apparently “one of the worst defenders” in the game and should give up his Premier League title medal, according to Mike Pejic.
The Stoke legend has slammed the skipper and praised Jack Butland for making the most of a difficult situation with England.
The Stoke goalie played 45 minutes against France, replacing Tom Heaton for the second half at Stade de France.
He conceded a decisive goal in the 3-2 defeat, however, Pejic has the defence did little to help– with Cahill coming under fire despite helping Chelsea to the title crown in 2016-17.
The former Stoke defender, who made 344 appearances for the club, told The Sentinel: “I felt sorry for him [Butland] having to play behind a player like Gary Cahill, one of the worst defenders I’ve seen in one-v-one situations.
“He gets so easily exposed and it was him, as much as David Luiz, who needed the protection of a three-man defence in that Chelsea rearguard last season.
“Chelsea boss Antonio Conte deserves a medal – possibly Cahill’s title-winning medal – for spotting so quickly that Luiz and Cahill needed such protection.
“I thought Butland was steady overall against France, spreading himself well when he needed to, and I liked the distance he kept between himself and his defence when the ball was in England’s defensive third.
“With his build and his height, he will always have a great physical presence, but there is room for improvement.
“I’d like to see and hear him verbally communicating with his defence more to get them organised and keep them sharp.”