Tim Cahill, inarguably the greatest player to ever represent Australia as a member of the Socceroos, has announced his immediate retirement from international football.
Cahill confirmed his retirement on Twitter a short time ago, meaning Australia’s World Cup clash against Peru was also Cahill’s last appearance as a national representative.
Today’s the day that I’m officially hanging up my boots on my international career with the Socceroos.— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) July 17, 2018
No words can describe what it has meant to represent my country. Massive thank you to everyone for the support throughout all my years wearing the Australian badge. pic.twitter.com/gqnM1HWA7S
Cahill’s Socceroos career counted an incredible 107 caps – only two behind the all-time leader Mark Schwarzer – with a remarkable 50 goals scored during that time. No one in the history of Australian international football comes close, with Cahill some 21 goals ahead of his nearest competitor.
Timmy’s record at the World Cup also stands as the greatest in Australian history, representing Australia at four World Cups, and netting 5 of Australia’s 13 overall World Cup goals, including our first-ever at the 2006 tournament.
Among his many World Cup highlights, a stunning two-goal performance in a victorious effort against Japan in 2006 is perhaps one of Cahill’s finest moments – and certainly one of the finest moments in the annals of Australian sport.
But his most memorable World Cup goal of all came at the 2014 tournament in a group stage game against Netherlands, cannoning a searing, left-foot volley off the crossbar in what was one of the goals of the entire World Cup.
It’s unclear what the future holds for Cahill’s club career; the 38-year-old played with both Melbourne City and, most recently, English side Milwall in the lead-up to this year’s World Cup.
But no matter what, there’s no disputing the fact that, in terms of our beloved Socceroos, we have seen none better.
Thanks, Tim Cahill. For everything.