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Cahill focused on Toffees

Socceroos midfielder coy on Asian Cup prospects

Last Updated: 06/07/10 8:40am

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Cahill: Everton focus

Cahill: Everton focus

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Everton star Tim Cahill says his entire focus will now be on his club's exploits following the World Cup finals.

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Cahill has spent time in South Africa with Australia over the past four weeks and he saw their tournament finish early after coming third in Group D.

The midfielder now returns to his native land to link up with David Moyes' side for pre-season preparations and the 30-year-old is turning his attention to domestic maters.

But despite his intentions, the prospect of playing in the 2014 finals in Brazil still created a tempting prospect for the Socceroos star.

"My main focus now is Everton," revealed Cahill. "I think as long as I stay fit and keep playing consistently then I'll be happy - we'll see what happens in four years."

He added: "I think the best thing for me is focusing on this pre-season and a big season because we put so much time and effort in every year to be as good as we can be and set some targets that we like to live up to."

Pim Verbeek's team came extremely close to progressing to the knockout stages at the expense of Ghana, with only goal difference separating the two teams.

The Australians have another competition to contend with in a few months as they prepare for the Asian Cup, which gets underway in Qatar in January.

Cahill's participation could add to a gruelling schedule already stacked on his shoulders after returning to club duties despite having barely rested this year.

And it was hardly surprisingly he refused to commit to the three-week event, adding: "I'm lucky I've got a great relationship with the (Everton) manager (David Moyes) and the players and the whole staff. It's all about being sensible.

"I'm lucky I've got the right people to talk to and assess that situation when it comes to it."

The Toffees man said he was grateful for the leniency shown by his employers - although he was quick to play down claims he had not rested sufficiently.

He went on: "I think I'm lucky, the gaffer (Moyes) is not putting me through my paces too much.

"This is my country and I want to represent my country and my club as best as I possibly can but there's a programme in place for me where I'm not getting flogged and they're very sensitive to me.

"So I am getting my break and getting my right time (to recover) and obviously looking forward to being a part of this tour."

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