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Cahill in thanks to Everton supporters; Australian Cahill thanks Everton fans for support.

Byline: David Randles

TIM CAHILL has sent a heartfelt message from South Africa to thank Everton fans for supporting him at the World Cup.

The Australian international was sent off in last week's 4-0 defeat to Germany for a tackle on Bastian Schweinsteiger, a moment he later described as 'one of the saddest' of his career.

"I want to thank the Everton fans for their support during the World Cup," said Cahill. "They know how much I love the club so it means a lot when they back me when I go away with Australia.

"It was a really low point for me after the Germany game but to know the fans back at Everton were behind me meant a lot."

Cahill was suspended for the 1-1 draw against Ghana on Saturday but is available for tonight's final game of Group D against Serbia after FIFA ruled a one-match ban would suffice.

Australia must beat Serbia to have any chance of reaching the last 16 while hoping group leaders Ghana beat Germany. That seems unlikely but Cahill uses England's predicament against Slovenia today to highlight the high level of competition at the World Cup. He said: "We have another crack against Serbia .

I think England are a great example to show how difficult it is. They're one of the most expensive teams in the world and they're struggling to win a game. I can't imagine the amount of pressure they're under. "England may well not go through but I'm not surprised. America's a good team, Slovenia's a good team. I think people need to be a bit more educated on how good the teams are who we are playing against. "I do hope England go through though.

It'd be good to meet them but first we've got to beat Serbia." Meanwhile, Phil Neville is hoping England can finally answer their critics in today's crucial Group C match against Slovenia. Draws against the USA and Algeria mean England must beat Slovenia today to be sure of reaching the last 16. The Everton captain believes the World Cup has now started to gather pace and is willing England to play their part in the latter stages.

"Over the last few days the World Cup has started to ignite," said Neville. "Now we just need England to really light the fire because we want England to do well. It would be great for the country and the whole country is behind them. It is the first time I have been in England during a World Cup and to feel the patriotism is phenomenal."

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Date:Jun 23, 2010
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