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Tim Cahill no Socceroos 'passenger' as he eyes World Cup record

12:24 PM GMT+8 13/06/2018
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The green and gold veteran will likely be used as a substitute in Russia but is ready to deliver whenever called upon

Australian striker Tim Cahill is ready to join an elite group at Russia by becoming just the fourth player in history to score at four World Cups.

As it stands only Pele, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose have achieved such a feat with the 38-year-old Socceroos striker on the verge of joining them should he strike in Russia. 

Having seen limited minutes with Millwall over the past few months, questions have been asked of Cahill's ability to perform once again at the World Cup but the player himself is adamant he's capable of contributing. 

"You can’t at my age, be a passenger," Cahill told Optus Sport

"You know when you become a passenger, when you can’t keep up.

"The last seven days have shown if you can’t make an impact in this group of 26 then you’re not meant to be here."

While set to join an elite group should he score in Russia, Cahill isn't getting ahead of himself and is instead focusing on getting to his physical peak before Australia's opener against France.

The 38-year-old revealed he's been trying to get 10 hours of sleep a night and has been on a rigorous training program over the past seven days.

"Right now for me I feel relaxed, mentally driven, I’ve got a selfish program – all I’m doing is looking after your body," he said 

"I spend 24 hours a day preparing for a 90 minute-2 hour session. That’s awesome for us."