Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop has denied commercial incentives influenced the selection of Tim Cahill in the Socceroos' 26-man World Cup squad on Tuesday.
The 38-year-old remains in the frame to play in a fourth consecutive World Cup despite playing only 63 minutes of club football in five months and being without a competitive club goal in more than a year.
National icon: Caltex have transformed a service station into 'Cahilltex' in honour of the Australian star.
His inclusion was somewhat controversial given it coincided with the omission of in-form Scotland-based striker Jamie Maclaren and was followed by a large-scale advertising campaign involving Cahill and Socceroos sponsor Caltex.
Speaking to media on Tuesday morning, Gallop says Cahill's proven history with the national team was the only reason the veteran was included in the trimmed squad.