Tim Cahill can feel the benefits of participating in a full pre-season training regime after skipping Australia's friendlies to rest ahead of Everton's programme.
Cahill was unable to partake in the Toffees' full pre-season programme last summer because of his involvement at the World Cup with Australia.
"For me, I've never done a pre-season properly from the start with the team because I've been playing internationals," Cahill said.
"So to train with them straight away has been easier for me, I don't have to come back later and fit in a mini pre-season. Coming back earlier has benefited me and I already feel really good."
In addition to the time Cahill missed because of the World Cup, he was absent from Goodison Park for more than three weeks in January when he propelled Australia to second place in the AFC Asian Cup.
During that tournament, Cahill aggravated a foot injury that limited his appearances for Everton to just nine in the second half of the season.
But despite the injury picked up on international duty, Cahill said the opportunity to represent his country in tournament play twice in the same season was too good of an opportunity to turn down.
"Everyone needs a rest. It's common sense. There are a lot of players at every club who play internationals year-in year-out," he continued.
"Last season in two competitions, the World Cup and the Asia Cup. I'll never turn that kind of opportunity down, so the rest has been good.
"The two games I have missed had two good points – other players were getting a chance to play for their country and I had 180 minutes where I didn't have to play."
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