Cahill happy to be a leader
Tim Cahill is not worried about carrying the burden of being Australia's main hope at the World Cup.
Last Updated: 20/05/10 3:34pm
Tim Cahill insists he is not worried about carrying the burden of being Australia's main hope during the World Cup finals.
The Everton midfielder, who has just signed a new contract at Goodison Park, will head into next month's tournament in South Africa as arguably his country's most influential player.
It will be Cahill's second appearance at the World Cup, but expectations for the 30-year-old have risen since he scored Australia's first ever finals goals in Germany four years ago.
Cahill came off the bench to score twice in that game against Japan, but has now taken over from Mark Viduka as the national team's leading light.
"I just take it as a compliment," said Cahill.
"I wouldn't be here (as part of Australia's World Cup squad) if I wasn't playing great domestically and internationally.
"We have got no choice, Australia needs leaders and there are a lot of leaders in this team and if that (mantle) is passed on to me then I accept it because it's a responsibility we deserve because we play at some of the biggest clubs in the world.
"There are expectations on our shoulders and without being overly confident, you have to try and fulfil people's dreams."
Cahill is heading into this World Cup in far better shape than four years ago in Germany after having gone into the tournament with a foot injury
But this time he is fully fit having just helped Everton to an eighth-placed finish in the Premier League.
"I am four more years experienced and I know my about my body," he continued.
"I have had a consistent season and I have got my goals both internationally and domestically again so I have come into the camp with no problems."