MO­MENT OF TRUTH

Cahill urges Soc­ceroos to seize World Cup glory

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - TOM SMITHIES

“IT’S there if we re­ally want to take it.” It’s the sim­plest mes­sage yet the most im­por­tant, the words Tim Cahill will re­lay to his team­mates.

Time and again the Soc­ceroos’ lead­ing goalscorer has seized the mo­ment ... tonight against Hon­duras he wants every one of the Soc­ceroos to do the same.

In 2006 Cahill made his­tory as the first Aus­tralian to score at a World Cup — and he hasn’t stopped since.

For play­ers such as Trent Sains­bury and Rob­bie Kruse, rubbed out of the last World Cup be­cause of in­jury, the chance to fol­low in his foot­steps is tan­ta­lis­ingly close.

“This is go­ing to be mas­sive for our coun­try,” Cahill said. “It’s 90 min­utes of foot­ball, to cre­ate more his­tory for our coun­try.

“That’s got to be their mo­ti­va­tion, for them and the next group of lads com­ing through. They’ve got to un­der­stand how big it is.

“That’s the big­gest thing of hav­ing Mile [Je­d­i­nak] in camp and now ‘Millsy’ [Mark Mil­li­gan] back, we can drive in- house mes­sages to the lads about prepa­ra­tion.

“Lit­tle things that make a dif­fer­ence to the night. The most telling thing on Wed­nes­day night will be com­po­sure.

“We’re ready, I like what I see. It feels like this is our time. On the night it will come down to some­one tak­ing their chance, the defin­ing mo­ment that sep­a­rates men from boys.”

At 0-0 the tie is poised af­ter the first leg, yet Cahill be­lieves things are fall­ing into place for the home side.

“If we re­ally just get into gear and give ev­ery­thing for this one game and click, it should be re­ally pos­i­tive,” he said. “I feel that’s the big­gest that I like, what I see at the mo­ment. Ev­ery­thing seems to be go­ing re­ally flu­ently. Clean sheet away from home, dis­ci­plined, re­silient, com­pact; [Hon­duras] didn’t re­ally have too many chances com­pared to how many we had.

“On a nice play­ing pitch and us re­ally well drilled, it’s there if we re­ally want to take it. That’s why I think it will be an awe­some night if we can click.

“One thing we’ll be do­ing is to take the nerves away from as many play­ers as pos­si­ble so they’re pre­pared, not over­awed by the oc­ca­sion.”

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