Socceroos legend Tim Cahill has reiterated his commitment to his nation by declaring there was never any way he was going to miss next month’s friendlies.
Cahill was on Thursday named in Ange Postecoglou’s 20-man squad for friendlies against Belgium and Saudi Arabia on September 4 and 8 respectively.
The call-up means the 34-year-old will miss a crucial clash for New York Red Bulls against table toppers Kansas City on September 7.
He may also be absent for the September 1 encounter against Dallas, who currently sit second in the Eastern Conference.
Cahill also missed club games during the 2014 World Cup, but told reporters there was never any doubt in his mind he’d commit to the upcoming friendlies.
“I can't skip the internationals," Cahill told reporters. "I think for me, playing for your country is very important.
“When you see the World Cup, what an impact it made not only on myself but also the MLS and the New York Red Bulls.
“I'm not a player who picks and chooses. I feel also these games are important preparation for the Asian Cup.”
Cahill believes his time away with the Socceroos will actually come back to benefit Red Bulls, through his form.
“Being in an international, professional environment is only going to help myself mentally and physically,” Cahill said. “It's highly unlikely I’ll skip games like that.
“This is going to be a strong squad. The players he (Ange) is bringing in play for top calibre teams and are proven – internationally maybe not – but when I seen the squad last night I was impressed.”1 comment