[quote]It’s sort of like how the stars have aligned[/quote]
Tim Cahill goes in to Australia’s friendly against Ecuador tonight with history beckoning. The 34-year old former Everton hitman is tied on 29 international goals with Damian Moriand.
With the World Cup warm-up being held at his former stomping ground, Millwall’s The Den, Tim Cahill believes his chance to make history has been written in the stars.
Speaking at Tuesday’s pre-match press conference, the Aussie superstar said:
“This is where it all started and to score tomorrow night, if I play, it’s just one of those things in your career that would be really special.
“It’s sort of like how the stars have aligned”
Cahill built a career and the reputation of being a goalscoring midfielder in South-East London and spoke fondly of the club where in a six-year spell he scored 52 goals in 217 appearances. It was enough to earn a move to Premier League Everton, who stole Cahill from under the nose of Crystal Palace for a bargain £1.5 million.
“It’s a place that I call home along with Everton and to be the all-time leading goalscorer for Australia where it all started might be special, but if it’s not here it’ll be somewhere else.”
Now in the twilight of his playing career, and about to tackle his third World Cup Finals, Tim Cahill is looking forward to passing on his knowledge and experience to manager Ange Postecoglou’s youthful squad.
“I think for me, Mile Jedinak and Luke Wilkshire, it’s a great moment in our careers that we can have the responsibility to guide the youngsters and show them the way to do special things for their country.”
“It is a great time for Australia because there is a lot of talent out there and it’s started to get unearthed and at the same time kids know they’re getting the opportunities.”
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Born: December 6, 1979 (age 34), Sydney, Australia