Moyes angry at loss of Cahill for cup.
SOCCEROOS star Tim Cahill has been thrust into a new club versus country row, with Everton manager David Moyes fuming about losing his most important player for up to six weeks because of the Asian Cup.
Moyes has spoken out about being without Cahill not only for the tournament in Qatar from January 7 to 29, but also for any Socceroos lead-up camp. While Moyes admitted he had no choice but to release Cahill for the Asian Cup under FIFA regulations, he is determined to keep his leading goal scorer with his club as long as possible before the tournament begins.
'They are due to take him mid- to late December, and depending how far they go in the tournament will determine how long he is away,'' Moyes told England's The Guardian newspaper. ''I'm trying to delay him going until January … but I think it's unfair. Tim is massively important for us. He is going to be a really big miss … All I hope is that I get as much time with him [as possible] before he goes away.''
Moyes has also called for international associations to pay players' wages during tournaments such as the Asian Cup. ''When we signed Tim Cahill, Australia were not in Asia's pool, they were in Oceania. So we didn't expect to be missing Tim Cahill [for the Asian Cup]. You can't ask them to change, but maybe if you are going to take the player away in the middle of the season then shouldn't a club get reimbursed?''
Football Federation Australia said Socceroos coach Holger Osieck would pick the best available squad for the Asian Cup.