TIM CAHILL says it would be a travesty if the World Cup didn’t come to Australia.”For Australian football, the heritage that we have and what we can give to the world is exceptional,” Cahill told The Sun-Herald. ”What it can do for the kids of Australia and the [game’s] development, everything all in together, it would be a travesty not to show people Australia and what we have to offer.”The food, the beaches, the lifestyle, the multiculturalism. The experience of [being with] great people. It would be great for the world but the greatest gain would be the development of football in Australia.”Football Federation Australia is finalising its bid to host the World Cup in either 2018 or 2022. However, Cahill’s immediate focus is on the Socceroos’ campaign in South Africa. Australia will face Germany in their opening encounter.”It’s never a good time to play Germany but statistics show that Germany starts slow,” Cahill said.”They are one of the strongest teams in the world and in every single competition they have either won it or been in the top four consistently.”They are very compact, very disciplined. They have great players and that game is going to be the telling game for the group.”The odds are against the Socceroos repeating their 2006 heroics after drawing Germany, Ghana and Serbia in the group stage. However, the Everton midfielder believes another upset is on the cards.”If we can get through our group first or second, it would be a massive achievement,” Cahill said. ”These are all one-off games but absolutely anything can happen.”Should the Socceroos progress, England is likely to stand in the way of a quarter-final berth. Asked about a potential showdown against the old enemy, the 30-year-old said: ”I never stop dreaming, mate.”To be honest with you, whether it’s England or anyone, my biggest dream as a kid was to win the World Cup. We’re not there to make up the numbers, we’re there to do the best we can.”For us, we’ve got a good work ethic, good players, good lads. Obviously we have good management that keep our feet on the ground and make us remember it’s one game at a time.”England will be added spice because of the other sports involved and the friendly banter. That would have all the things for a feisty game.”Cahill’s Premier League side, Everton, will visit Australia in July for a three-game tour. ”It’s fantastic for Everton and fantastic for Australian football,” he said.”At the moment I don’t know what my involvement is because of the World Cup and they’re coming quite early. It’s massive. Hopefully that helps the development of Australian football and puts some more inspiration back into the kids.”
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