Sunday, 25 June 2017

Cahill set for 100th cap and a place in Australia history

The Australian Tim Cahill will be the first outfield player to earn
100 senior caps for Australia, with only Mark Schwarzer ahead on the
all-time list.
Tim Cahill is set to become the first outfield player to win 100
senior caps for Australia.
The 37-year-old has been named in the starting line-up for Sunday's
Confederations Cup clash with Chile, meaning he is poised to earn a
place in Socceroos history.
He will be the second Australia player to reach the 100-cap milestone
after former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who made 109
appearances between 1993 and 2013.
Sydney-born Cahill did not make his debut until the age of 24 and
required a FIFA ruling in order to represent Australia, having played
at youth level for Samoa, the country of his mother.
Head coach Ange Postecoglou said this week that the former Everton
star should be held in the highest regard for his "world-class"
contribution to Australian sport.
"He's a great Australian, transcending sport," he said. "One hundred
games for your country and every one of them earned.
"He's just a great Australian, and hopefully recognition for this is
not just from the football community but from the nation as a whole.
"I've got no doubt that if it was any other sport in this country he
would be held up as that.
"He's conquered the world. He's scored at three World Cups. If that's
not world class then I don't know what is."

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