Australia’s all-time leading goalscorer has returned home after fourteen years! Tim Cahill has rejoined Millwall and will be playing for the Lions until the end of the Championship season under his former teammate Neil Harris. The Socceroos star who recently turned 38 decided to come back to England in order to secure his World Cup spot. Cahill scored a brace against Syria in November, thus securing Australia a place in Russia 2018, but the lack of game time at Melbourne City made him leave A-League this December in order to rejoin the London club where he had made his breakthrough in the professional game.
Tim Cahill played for the Lions between 1998 and 2004, scoring 57 goals in 251 appearances, and will definitely be a great addition to Neil Harris’ forces, since he can operate in several positions on the pitch, providing a much-needed depth in the squad. After Millwall, he joined Everton, spending eight years with the Toffees before his spells with New York Red Bulls, Shanghai Shenhua and Hangzhou Greentown. In August 2016 he went back to his home country, but after losing a place in the starting line=up, Cahill decided it was time to leave.
Cahill feared that the lack of game time at Melbourne City would place his World Cup spot in jeopardy, so the Ozzie returned to England after more than six years of absence. The veteran appeared in three of Australia’s four appearances at the World Cup. He is also the Socceroos all-time leading goalscorer, scoring 50 goals in 104 appearances. The World Cup in Russia would be his fourth, and it would be a great way to finish his outstanding career in the national team. The Socceroos will face France, Denmark and Peru in the group stage this June, and in the opening fixture they face Les Bleus, a team they have never faced before at the World Cup finals. The odds offered on Australia to defeat France are 14/1 (bet365, accurate as of 30th January 2018). Tim Cahill has found the net in all of his previous three appearances in the World Cup finals, and if he succeeds in scoring this summer, he will join an elite club of players that scored goals in four different editions of the prestigious tournament, such as Klose, Pele and Seeler.