TIM Cahill has admitted for the first time that he has his eyes set on a history making fourth World Cup.
The Socceroos legend, who played and scored on world football’s biggest stage in 2006, 2010 and 2014 in Brazil, has finally confirmed, after being cagey about it publicly in the past, that he would like to be in the Socceroos squad should they qualify for Russia 2018.
Fox Sports understands that the 36-year-old will be named in Ange Postecoglou’s squad for Australia’s first two second qualifiers against Iraq and the UAE despite not playing since leaving China – and in an exclusive interview with Fox Sports News 500 upon his unveiling at Melbourne City he made the concession that the World Cup was in his plans.
“It would be one of the biggest honours as an Australian player to make that squad firstly, and yes this decision is part of that,” Cahill said.
“Because playing in China, is it the right thing for footballing reasons and the national team? Maybe not.”
“It’s in the back of my mind but I can’t let it be at the front and dictate over Melbourne City,” he continued.
“It’s definitely a good goal to have as a footballer to have that in the back of my mind rather than the front.”
Russia 2018 is a long way away for a player in his final years but after netting twice against Japan in 2006, against Serbia in 2010 and the group games with Chile and the Netherlands in 2014, if Cahill goes to Russia and scores he would become only the fourth player in history along with Pele and Germans Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler to net in four tournaments.
© 2016 Fox Sports | This article was written by Daniel Garb and first appeared on the Fox Sports website on 16 August 2016