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Cahill looks to Europe

12 Mar 2007 - 13:10:10

Injured Everton midfielder Tim Cahill has backed his team-mates to secure European football for next season.

Cahill won't play again this season after breaking a metatarsal bone in his left foot during the 1-1 draw at Sheffield United earlier this month.

But, despite his absence, the Australia international still believes the sixth-placed Toffees can hold off the likes of Tottenham, Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth to seal a place in next season's UEFA Cup.

"I feel that we've evolved as a team and our defence has really been strong with Stubbsy (Alan Stubbs) coming in and out and adding that extra bit of experience," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"Tony Hibbert is returning to full fitness and Gary Naysmith has added an extra oomph to the defence.

"Then we have the silent achievers like Lee Carsley and Phil Neville who are the rocks of the team - they don't score the goals but they stop them from going in.

"We've got a chance now to finish in the UEFA Cup places and for all the players, Europe's where we want to play and show our talent."

Everton return to Premiership action when they welcome Arsenal to Goodison Park on Sunday.

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