Teammates back Cahill to join elite World Cup club

12 June 2018 12:17 PM

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And the boots he plans to wear in Russia will serve as a constant reminder of the challenge he faces.

They will carry five soccer balls as details on the ankle of his boot to remind him of the goals he has already scored as well as commemorating his children, sons Kyah, Shae and Cruz and daughter Sienna, whose names are also etched on the shoes.

Aziz Behich, Australia’s left back, said: ‘‘Tim is first and foremost a great guy on and of the pitch. He is someone you can go up to and talk to and get advice because he is much older than us.

On the pitch he is a true leader, not just with his talking but the way he trains and looks after himself and cares for his body.

‘‘You grow up watching him, being at a World Cup now next to him is something special.

‘‘He is a true leader and, most importantly, he’s a great guy off the park,’’ behich added.

Western Sydney’s Socceroo defender Josh Risdon added: ‘‘It’s pretty surreal for me. It’s his fourth World Cup, and when you are sitting in the dressing room with him it makes a really big impact when you see what he has done at club level and for his country.


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