Tim's joy back where it all began
Cahill scored two goals, taking his international tally to 31, on his return home to the Den. The 34-year started off his career in English football at Millwall and played more than 200 games for the club, scoring 52 goals, earning a legendary reputation among Lions fans.
“It was an amazing feeling to have one of the best moments of my career where it all started,” he said. “A lot of great memories.
:I’m thankful I got this opportunity and overall this is what you play football for. It’s exciting times for Australian football at the moment with the youngsters.
“I think the way we played tonight showed we are definitely playing with intent and a great playing style.”
Cahill said it has never ever been about him when playing for Australia.
“The best thing that’s always happened is if you play well, and get in the right positions and give yourself the opportunity of scoring than soon enough it’ll happen,” he said.
“But I was more focused on the game and the way we were playing, and the way it felt, and it felt brilliant. A few decisions did go against us.
"I truly believe maybe I could have had three penalties. But it’s a friendly so we learn a lot from it.
“Overall, we had the man sent off that’s when the damage was done. If it’s 11 vs 11, we’re not losing that game.”
Despite the disappointing nature of the defeat, losing after going 3-0 ahead at half-time, Cahill remained positive.
“The best thing was even at 3-0, we were still playing,” he said. “We weren’t scared to play it out from the back. The youngsters really impressed me."