Cahill in striking distance of goal record
SOCCEROOS great Mark Schwarzer says long- time t eammate Tim C a h i l l deserves to become Australia’s greatest international goalscorer.
The former Everton player is only three goals away from Damian Mori’s national record of 29 following his 80thminute goal in Australia’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Iraq in Doha.
The scoring charts for Australia have been skewed be- cause of the number of goals coming against Oceania minnows — former NSL marksman Mori netted 23 times against such opposition.
Schwarzer backed the 32-year-old Cahill to capture the mark, saying such a record deserved to belong to one o f the Socceroos’ greatest contributors.
‘‘He’s a phenomenal player and he’s been a phenomenal player for Australia and for whoever he’s played for throughout his career, whether it be Millwall, Everton or now New York Red Bulls,’’ Schwarzer said.
‘‘Records are there to be broken and it would be very fitting if Timmy did break it and I’m sure he will.’’
Cahill had better keep scoring, as good mate Archie Thompson is hot on his tail after improving his record to 24 goals in 41 internationals with the winner.
Socceroos coach Holger Osieck is set to really give youth a chance following the win, however.
While the familiar names of Cahill and Thompson graced the score sheet, Osieck was particularly heartened by the performance and attitude of the younger players.
Robbie Kruse showed he was fast becoming one of Australia’s most valuable players, while Geelong’s central defender Matthew Spiranovic barely put a foot wrong.
Tommy Oar, making his first Socceroos appearance for 21 months, made every minute of his cameo count, including setting up the winner.