Sport Cahill eyes 'insane' World Cup company

11:33  13 june  2018
11:33  13 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

World Cup: Tim Cahill ready to join goal-scoring elite as Socceroos prepare for France

  World Cup: Tim Cahill ready to join goal-scoring elite as Socceroos prepare for France He couldn't have a higher standing in Australian football, but Tim Cahill has a chance in Russia 2018 to claim a place among the elites of the world game. The 38-year-old forward has scored five goals in his previous three World Cups. If he finds the net again in this one, he will join legends Pele, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose as the only players to score at four World Cups.

The Socceroos' all-time record scorer is responsible for nearly half his country's 11 World Cup goals to date and is already in elite international company , having scored at three "Yeah, it's amazing, insane ," Cahill told Optus Sport. "To even be mentioned with those greats as an Australian is insane ."

Tim Cahill may be on the bench but he's still aiming to become the fourth player in history to have scored at four World Cups .

Even nudging 40, Cahill's aerial prowess remains an alarming factor for opposition teams.© James D. Morgan/Getty Images Even nudging 40, Cahill's aerial prowess remains an alarming factor for opposition teams. There aren't many who can't recall at least one of Tim Cahill's five World Cup goals.

There was Australia's maiden goal when, in Germany 2006, the baby-faced Everton star equalised against Japan at the death and rifled in a second from outside the box to reignite the golden generation's hopes.

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In 2010 he climbed above Serbia's defence to give Pim Verbeek's side the lead in the ultimately futile fight to make the last 16 again in South Africa.

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The Socceroos' all-time record scorer is responsible for nearly half his country's 11 World Cup goals to date and is already in elite international company , having scored at three consecutive tournaments. "Yeah, it's amazing, insane ," Cahill told Optus Sport.

The Socceroos' all-time record scorer is responsible for nearly half his country's 11 World Cup goals to date and is already in elite international company , having scored at three "Yeah, it's amazing, insane ," Cahill told Optus Sport. "To even be mentioned with those greats as an Australian is insane ."

Then came 2014 in Brazil where, down 2-0 to Chile, the talisman's impeccably timed header stopped the rot.

Five days later he scored another for the ages, barrelling in an outrageous volley with his non-preferred left-foot that clattered the crossbar on its way to bringing Australia level with the Netherlands.

The Socceroos' all-time record scorer is responsible for nearly half his country's 11 World Cup goals to date and is already in elite international company, having scored at three consecutive tournaments.

If he does it again in Russia, the 38-year-old will join the legendary Pele and Germans Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose as the fourth player in history to have found the net at four World Cups.

Portugal great Cristiano Ronaldo and Mexico's Rafa Marquez are chasing the same feat.

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  Is there a rift in the Socceroos camp already? Tim Cahill left 'FUMING' after being snubbed for Australia's 2-1 World Cup loss to France Tim Cahill was apparently furious that he was not selected to play in the Socceroos' first game of the World Cup. Reporter Dave Davutovic has claimed he was 'privately fuming.'Australia's most famous player, 38, was left on the bench for the entirety of the 2-1 loss to France on Saturday.

The Socceroos' all-time record scorer is responsible for nearly half his country's 11 World Cup goals to date and is already in elite international company , having scored at three consecutive tournaments. "Yeah, it's amazing, insane ," Cahill told Optus Sport.

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"Yeah, it's amazing, insane," Cahill told Optus Sport.

"To even be mentioned with those greats as an Australian is insane."

Even nudging 40, Cahill's aerial prowess remains an alarming factor for opposition teams.

World Cup group foes France, Denmark and Peru will all have noted his double against Syria in October that saved Australia's qualifying campaign.

However, Cahill knows his chance in Russia will almost certainly come off the bench.

Coach Bert van Marwijk has labelled him "a special case" for selection in the final 23 due to his knack for changing games and off-field leadership.

But following a well-documented struggle for minutes at Millwall, Cahill knows he's no longer the Socceroos' main man up front, with Andrew Nabbout in the box seat and incumbent first choice Tomi Juric and Jamie Maclaren also competing for the striker role.

"I knew under Ange for the national team that we've got top strikers ... I knew I wouldn't be the main guy," he said.

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