TIM Cahill says it’s time for the Socceroos to return to Adelaide.
The national team’s all-time leading goalscorer was back in SA yesterday for the first time since he grabbed his maiden goals in the green and gold more than a decade ago.
The Shanghai Shenhua forward hoped his next visit would be in a 2018 World Cup qualifier as he bids for his and his country’s fourth consecutive finals appearance.
“For sure,” said Cahill, when asked if the Socceroos were due for their first match at Adelaide Oval since 2011.
“It’s like when we played in Perth (in September) I wondered why we hadn’t played there in ages.
“It’s nice that we share the game with the communities and focus more on the people rather than just the biggest cities throughout Australia.”
Cahill was in Adelaide to promote his autobiography, Legacy, which tells the story of his rise from Sydney’s western suburbs to the English Premier League and beyond.
Cahill spoke to more than 400 guests during an on-stage interview at St Peter’s College last night.
The 35 year old also joined in a training session with players from Football Federation SA’s program for visually impaired children, donning a blindfold to experience the challenges the youngsters face.
“It puts into perspective how amazing these kids are,” said Cahill, who has scored 147 goals in 620 professional club games in England, the US and China.
“This is part and parcel of what I do, getting to share these experiences with them.
“I want to inspire them to play the game.”
Cahill said his book had taken the past six years to research and write.
He said it offered a “bird’s eye view” of how he saw football and the world.
“It’s helped me remember how tough it’s been but it’s been a dream come true.”
© 2015 The Advertiser | This article was written by Rob Greenwood and originally appeared on Fox Sports on 3 November 2015.