Socceroos slam Everton

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Australia assistant coach Graham Arnold believes that Everton's refusal to release Tim Cahill is a direct result of the club's dire start to the season.

Coach Guus Hiddink has been told by Everton that he will not be able to bring Cahill to a Socceroos training camp until the regulation time before a friendly against Jamaica.

Hiddink's right-hand man Arnold believes that the decision would have been different if Everton were flying high in The Premiership, and was glowing in his praise of Liverpool for releasing recuperating winger Harry Kewell.

"I feel the Socceroos are copping the backlash for Everton's poor form this year," bemoaned Arnold.

"Every other club has been fantastic, but Everton are sticking to the Fifa ruling about not releasing players until 48 hours before the match and Cahill will now come to camp in London on Saturday.

"(Liverpool boss Rafael) Benitez has been absolutely brilliant," he said.

"He knows the predicament we are in and he released Harry Kewell early because he knows Harry will receive round-the-clock rehabilitation in Holland.

"He is champing at the bit and I would love to see him on the field.

"It's a friendly so we can make up to six substitutions but I think it would be crazy to start him.

"He could get a few minutes at the back end of the game - that's what we are aiming for.

"He's working very hard and his fitness has improved enormously.

"He has a huge smile on his face and is enjoying just kicking the ball.

"It just shows how far his fitness has improved in the last three to four weeks."