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Jul 18, 2012

Cahill backing 'steamroller' Terry

Gary Cahill has backed Chelsea team-mate John Terry to put his turbulent summer behind him as preparations for the 2012-13 season continue.

Terry, 31, was last week cleared of a racially aggravated public order offence over his confrontation with QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in October.

Ahead of the trial at Westminster Magistrates' Court, Terry was stripped of the England captaincy for the second time in his career, leading to the resignation of the then national coach Fabio Capello.

Terry first lost the England armband following allegations about his personal life, but Cahill believes his fellow defender has demonstrated that he has the "character" to overcome such setbacks.

"When he comes back from holiday all of this will be put behind him," Cahill said. "I don't think this will affect him in any way.

"John has gone through loads of stuff in his career but, the character he is, he just seems to steamroller over it all and motor on.

"John was one of England's best players at the Euros this summer. The defence looked really solid. They did really well."

Cahill, 26, missed out on Euro 2012 after fracturing his jaw when he collided with goalkeeper Joe Hart during a warm-up friendly against Belgium.

"It was horrible," he said. "You could see everyone lining up and singing the national anthem. I thought I should have been a part of it. The whole thing was a nightmare."

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