This month's Asian Cup competition has given Australian star Tim Cahill mixed feelings. Cahill will represent his nation against the top Asian countries in the January event, to be held in Qatar, but he admits it is bittersweet.
The 31-year old attacking midfielder loves playing in the green and gold but also prides himself on his form at club level and his nine goals so far this season for Everton has helped save the Merseyside club on a few occasions.
Cahill will miss some vital matches for the Toffees and says that it has been hard walking away from Goodison Park but is keen to do well with Australia.
"Part of me, obviously being in the goal-scoring charts where I am, is disappointed I'm missing games and important games too," Cahill told AAP.
"There's always a thought in the back of your mind about Premier League goals and how many could I have if I had stayed but there's also the fact that this is a chance to perhaps do something really special for our country.
"As of late it's been difficult so to leave, yeah, it's hard, because I feel that I love playing for my country and I love playing for my club," he added.
"But it was inevitable this day was coming and everyone was prepared for it and it just means now that lads have to work harder and obviously I need to do well here and get back there fit."