Cahill up for WC challenge
Tim Cahill has praised his Australia team-mates, stating they are a much more experienced side.
By Mike Barton
Last Updated: 12/05/10 3:54pm
Tim Cahill has praised his fellow Australian team-mates, stating they are a much better equipped side to perform well in major tournaments.
The Everton midfielder has been a major influence for both club and country down the years, with his alarming ability to score goals, most notably with his head, now a well-known weapon amongst opposition.
Cahill was a part of the previous national squad to travel to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where the Socceroos reached the last 16 before losing to a cruel injury time penalty to Italy.
The 30-year-old believes now that the current squad are better than the one of four years ago, with more experienced and European-based players now competing in a harder Asian-based qualifying campaign as opposed to the Oceania section they were previously in.
"As a team we have improved one hell of a lot," he said.
"The Asian group has been so difficult, playing against teams like Japan, Qatar and Bahrain - it has been as hard as when we last played Brazil.
"It has been really hard but the players have improved domestically playing for their clubs. They are doing better and a lot more boys are coming overseas.
"We are more experienced and have more game time under our belt, so maybe we can do something special."
Anything can happen
The former Millwall player, who was plucked from relative obscurity by Everton boss David Moyes to become a huge success at Goodison Park in 2004, insisted that the whole nation will be right behind the side, with the previous tournament finally seeming to grip the nation with football fever.
Australia have a tough group, with Germany, Ghana and Serbia all posting significant tests for coach Pim Verbeek's men if they are to achieve what they did in the previous tournament, something Cahill feels is very possible.
"My first expectation would be to get through the group," he said.
"After that, we saw in the last World Cup in Germany that anything can happen.
"It is a World Cup final every game you play, it is 90 minutes of football and whoever is better on the day wins.
"To be fit and part of the squad fighting to do something special for Australia is something I have been waiting for for a long time."
"For the last World Cup the nation stopped and there hasn't been a bigger event in Australia since that."