Tim Cahill is hoping he can continue to split his loyalties between Everton and Australia.
The versatile frontman acknowledges that it can be difficult to offer the same commitment levels to both domestic and international action.
He is, however, as determined as ever to remain part of the Socceroos set-up, while continuing to churn out high level performances for the Toffees.
Cahill is currently away with Australia ahead of a friendly date with Paraguay and insists he will give as much in that contest as he will in the Merseyside derby which awaits him upon his return to England.
"It's hard and it's up to the manager and obviously we have good personnel who can hopefully do a great job against Paraguay, but if everything goes well this week then I have every possible chance," Cahill said, having shaken off a knee injury in time to put himself in contention for international duty.
"It's all right. I trained today (Thursday) and I had a good run-out.
"The thing is I'm not one to dramatise about injuries and things like that. The only thing is sometimes you have to think about the bigger picture.
"This is a friendly and I'm back here to show my commitment to the team and the players.
"There's so many players here who want to start and everyone's fighting for a spot, but I've got a massive derby to go back to as well [Everton play Liverpool on 17th October].
"I wanted to basically make sure that my country's just the biggest priority and Everton is as well.
"It's hard to try to keep everything level pegging but you can't keep everyone happy and the thing is Everton know that I give everything to them and so do Australia."
Meanwhile, Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has been crowned Australia's Footballer of the Year for 2010, narrowly pipping Cahill to the top award.