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Tim Cahill protective of Socceroos 'son' Daniel Arzani

04:45 GMT+4 07/06/2018
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The Australian legend is taking the young gun under his wing ahead of the World Cup

As the oldest and youngest Socceroos heading to the World Cup, Tim Cahill and Daniel Arzani have inevitably formed a unique relationship in camp.

The two can regularly be seen joking together, with Cahill equally capable of pulling the young gun aside for a careful word when needed.

Arzani will in fact be the youngest player of any nationality heading to Russia, with the 19-year-old given a chance to shine by a generally conservative Bert van Marwijk.

Set to play in his fourth World Cup, Cahill is as experienced as they come in the national arena and admits to being particularly protective of Arzani.

"For me, I treat him more like a son," Cahill told Nine News Australia.

"You want to make sure they make no mistakes and if he does make a mistake then I feel responsible for it."

The duo first crossed paths at Melbourne City at the start of the A-League season with Cahill's departure to Millwall coinciding with Arzani's eventual rise at the club.

Playing predominantly as a winger, Arzani impressed almost immediately with City and ended the season with two goals and the most successful dribbles of any player in the competition. 

The Iranian-born teenager got his Socceroos debut against Czech Republic, coming off the bench in a 4-0 win