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Everton midfielder Tim Cahill has no plans to return to his native Australia in the immediate future.

A number of Socceroos stars have returned home from European clubs in recent months, with Jason Culina signing for new A-League franchise Gold Coast United from PSV Eindhoven while Mile Sterjovski has left Derby to join Perth Glory.

But 29-year-old Cahill, who will play for his country against the Republic of Ireland next week in Limerick, said: "I won't be too soon in coming back to Australia because I need to win things."

He added: "I need to work hard and try and push Everton as far as we can and to try and win some trophies.

"Last year we were unsuccessful but we were so close yet so far away. It's hard to put times on things because look what happened with Jason Culina and Mile and a lot of the boys.

"You never know but I'm very ambitious in the fact that I want to play in the Champions League and 29 years old in football terms is very young."

Cahill, meanwhile, is relishing the prospect of next Wednesday's friendly against the Republic as the Socceroos continue their countdown to next summer's World Cup finals.

Speaking via video link from Manchester, an upbeat Cahill - who will line up in Everton's Barclays Premier League opener against Arsenal three days after playing for his country - welcomed the prospect of playing alongside his Socceroos team-mates on the big stage.

"Ireland's such a big nation and having a game like this is really important for us to keep the team together, to keep them playing at a high level because now we have such a big squad and players playing all over the world," he said. "Yes it is an awkward time with the Premier League starting this week as well but with the boys all coming together and playing in such a big stadium against a nation like Ireland it's great preparation obviously.

"It's such a long road and there's so much football to be played but we just can't wait to get together and be part of the team again."

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