Socceroos star Tim Cahill has confirmed he has played his last World Cup game for Australia.
Cahill picked up a second yellow card of the group stages in Australia’s 3-2 loss to the Netherlands, which means he will miss the Socceroos’ last game against dethroned world champions Spain.
He has also refused to say whether he will play on for the Socceroos at next year’s Asian Cup finals in Australia.
“I don’t really want to elaborate because we’ve got one more game to go and it’s not about Tim Cahill, ” he said.
“Probably after the tournament I will. It’s about us. It’s about the Socceroos. And this last game is massive.
“If we beat Spain then that will be one of the biggest moments in Australian history.”
Cahill scored a thrilling goal in yesterday’s dramatic 3-2 loss to the Netherlands, volleying a long ball from Alex McGowan off the cross bar into the Dutch net.
He has described the strike as one of the top two or three moments of his career.
It was his second goal of the tournament and his fifth in three World Cups.
But Cahill says he has no regrets, even if he is to miss the Spain clash.
“I just had one of the best farewell matches of my life. I created something globally that everyone’s seen and witnessed,” he said.
“When you’ve got some of the biggest personalities tweeting you and hash-tagging Cahill Brazil globally, then I can’t ask for much more.”
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Despite the loss, Cahill remained upbeat and positive about the future of the Socceroos.
“You can be disappointed but I’m all about embracing the moment,” he said.
“I’m not going to be disappointed purely because [the Socceroos] are starting to find out how good they really are.”
The focus now was all about beating the number one team in the world, Spain.
“For us this is the biggest tournament on the planet and you know for the boys there’s so much more to get from this tournament,” he said.
“I’m more proud of the boys. I’m more proud of the team and the boss purely because of the impact we’ve made on football and how we can grow and how kids can be inspired in Australia.
“You know six months ago we were looking at where Australian soccer could be and where it was in the world and now we’re hopeful.
“With a little bit more belief we will beat some of the biggest teams in the world.”