Australia’s greatest Socceroo Tim Cahill is set to cop an international swansong on home soil this coming November, with FFA officials confirming Cahill will suit up for Australia one more time.
Cahill will take the pitch for the last time as a member of the Socceroos on November 20th when Australia takes on Lebanon in an international friendly at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
Officials confirmed the Australian public will get a chance to farewell the career of Tim Cahill earlier today, with Cahill fronting media a short time ago.
Cahill stated that the matchup will be “the most emotional game of my life,” and confirmed that the call-up was a surprise, given he had previously planned to walk away from international football at the conclusion of this year’s FIFA World Cup.
Tim Cahill: It was a surprise… I had a phone call from FFA with plans they were preparing a farewell game for me… I couldn't believe it.— Caltex Socceroos (@Socceroos) September 4, 2018
Tim Cahill: I'm back now [in Australia] to say thank you to the Australian public, to say thank you to the FFA, to say thank you to the media, and say thank you to Arnie and his team.— Caltex Socceroos (@Socceroos) September 4, 2018
In a statement posted by Socceroos officials prior to the press conference, Cahill thanked the FFA for the chance to farewell his international career on home soil.
I am truly humbled to have the opportunity to take part in this farewell game. I really appreciate the FFA and Arnie (Graham Arnold) giving me the chance to put on the Socceroos jersey on last time. It’s going to be incredibly special to represent my country for the final time and I can’t wait to say thank you to all the fans who have supported me throughout my career.
The cap will be Cahill’s 108th and final appearance for the Socceroos, bringing him one shy of the all-time record set by keeper Mark Schwarzer. Cahill’s 50 international goals makes him by far and away Australia’s most prolific scorer.
Australia take on Lebanon on Tuesday, November 20th, with kickoff set for 7:30pm. Tickets are available via Ticketek.
The game is set to be broadcast via both Fox Sports and Channel Ten.