Knockout stage the Socceroos' World Cup goal - Cahill

The talisman for the green and gold believes escaping their group at the FIFA showcase in South America next year would represent a positive outcome for the team

Australia and New York attacker Tim Cahill believes progressing to the knockout stages at Brazil 2014 would be a success for the Socceroos.

National team coach Holger Osieck has been under increasing pressure since his side's 6-0 loss in a friendly against the World Cup hosts on September 7.

Cahill, 33, will be heading to his third World Cup, where he could overtake Damian Mori for most goals scored for Australia.

The Red Bulls star said progressing past the group stage, which Australia did in Germany in 2006, should be seen as a success for the Socceroos.

"It's a transitional period for Australia. The players are not the same calibre as what it was [my] first and second World Cup," Cahill told ESPN.

"Half the reason why I came to the MLS was to play still at the highest level, to qualify for another World Cup and have my body in great shape to play in this tournament.

"I'm going to be proud to represent the MLS and obviously New York Red Bulls at the World Cup. If we get out of our group then it's going to be a successful World Cup.

"Thirty-three years old now, for my third World Cup, I'm pinching myself. It's nice. Who knows? We might draw America and we might have that Australia-America friendly battle."

Cahill has scored 28 goals for Australia, sitting level with good friend Archie Thompson and a strike behind Mori.

He said he would love to add to that tally for the Socceroos in Brazil.

"I will give everything to score again because as a kid, that's what I dreamed about," Cahill said.

"It's what everyone wants to do. I know for a fact, if I could punch a corner flag in Brazil I'd be one very happy chappy."

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