FIFA World Cup: Australia Ready to Compete, Says Tim Cahill

Veteran Everton striker Tim Cahill will once again be Australia's key man in the attack in the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The team plays Chile in the first game.

updated: June 05, 2014 15:28 IST
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Vitoria: Veteran striker Tim Cahill insisted on Wednesday that Australia are not at the World Cup to make up the numbers as they try to clamber out of a group containing champions Spain, the Netherlands and Chile.

"It's a real time for us to be tested. Hopefully we can make an impact -- football is all about earning respect," said Australia's all-time top scorer, now plying his club trade with Major League Soccer side New York Bulls.

"Why can't this be the best World Cup I am going to play in?" asked the 34-year-old, who scored twice in the 2006 group win over Japan and again in the 2010 event against Serbia.

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