Cahill puts national hopes before personal glory

The Socceroos 5-1 thrashing of Jordan booked Australia’s spot in the next phase of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but after scoring two goals to take his tally to 47, Tim Cahill says he’s not focused on reaching 50. 

Cahill opened the scoring for the Socceroos after the Jordan defence had frustrated the Australians by having nine men behind the ball for the opening 25 minutes.

But the flood gates opened after Robbie Kruse threaded an inch perfect cross to Cahill who was unmarked inside the box and the 34 year finished with a deft touch from his right foot.

Aaron Mooy scored the Socceroos second goal in the 39th minute of play and just before half-time Cahill got the third with a trade mark header from another cross by Kruse.

After scoring a brace, the record breaking goal scorer is only three goals from reaching the half century mark but Cahill says he’s not thinking about achieving that goal.

“It’s not about me,” he said.

"People thought I wasn’t going to get to 40.  People thought I wasn’t going to make the last World Cup. They said I wasn’t going to make the Asian Cup. If the Boss calls me I’m going to play. If the boss wasn’t here I wouldn’t be here and that is straight up every one knows that. I believe in him. He believes in this team and my role as a mentor and as a footballer is to make these boys as they possibly can and I play every game as it’s my last.

“People are trying to look for a successor but the thing is it’s not about anyone else. You look at this team there are goals coming from everywhere and the most important thing is I can help those players. I can help Giannou be a better player. People can see the rewards. If they put the ball in the box - I’m a one in three sort of person. And I said that to Kruse cross it and you’ll get yourself an assist and he gets the reward and I get the reward and the team gets the reward.

"Consistency is my game, professionalism and I’ve been consistent. At 47 in 88 it’s not a fluke.”

Many critics and pundits were eyeing the Jordan game as a potential upset for the Socceroos as they lost 2 -0 away the previous time the two teams meant.

But Cahill was insistent that the media would take a different tact after the Socceroos 5-1 thrashing.

“Every interview I’ve done it’s been the same,” he said. “Everyone has been looking to pick holes in the team and pick holes in the manager and now they got to write something positive. 

“Our philosophy of football our style we haven’t changed for any game and we are proud because a lot of people thought this would be a game that we were going to struggle. 

“We punished them every time we could. Unfortunately, we conceded a goal but we are really happy because we’ve gone through this campaign and we’ve dominated all of it.”