England: Chelsea set to prevent Gary Cahill from attending meeting

Gary Cahill on England duty
Cahill, 29, made his England debut in 2010 and moved to Chelsea in 2012

Chelsea are likely to prevent defender Gary Cahill from attending an England meeting this month, BBC Sport understands.

The players will meet at St George's Park, probably on a Thursday, to discuss the 2015 schedule.

Chelsea are thought to be opposed to the idea because they play Liverpool in a two-legged League Cup semi-final on Tuesday 20 and 27 January.

Tottenham face Sheffield United in the other semi-final on 21 and 28 January.

According to the Daily Telegraph,external-link England manager Roy Hodgson hopes to persuade clubs that players will be required for only a few hours and would be free to leave by 22:00 GMT.

England have won the six games they have played since being eliminated from last summer's World Cup at the group stage.

They beat Norway and Scotland in friendlies either side of four Euro 2016 qualifying victories.

England face Lithuania in a qualifier at Wembley on 27 March, before playing a friendly in Italy four days later.

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