Tim Cahill was apparently furious that he was not selected to play in the Socceroos’ first game of the World Cup.
Australia’s most famous player, 38, was left on the bench for the entirety of the 2-1 loss to France on Saturday.
Herald Sun football reporter Dave Davutovic has claimed he was ‘privately fuming.’
‘He didn’t play, he was warming up, and he is absolutely chomping at the bit,’ he told SEN radio on Monday.
Tim Cahill (right) was apparently furious that he was not selected to play in the Socceroos’ first game of the World Cup
Tim Cahill pictured with his wife Rebekah on their seventh anniversary in May
‘I can tell you, he was privately fuming that he didn’t come on. Not for any other reason but he thinks he can come on and make an impact.
‘I think he will play in at least one of these games, potentially two. The issue is I guess there are four strikers in this squad and Bert van Marwijk only plays with one upfront.
‘He started with Andrew Nabbout and Tomi Juric did well coming off the bench.
‘I can’t overstate how highly motivated Tim is to join some of the games greats in scoring at four separate World Cups.
‘Only four players have done that, with Cristiano Ronaldo just joining the elite company that includes Pele, and Timmy is absolutely itching to be a part of that.
‘I think he is capable to make an impact.’
SBS commentator David Basheer said he thinks the coach is saving Cahill for the final game against Peru.
‘I think against Peru will be his most effective match up,’ Basheer said.
‘The Peruvian defence amongst Australia’s three opponents is perhaps the worst aerially and that is Tim Cahill’s strength as we all know.
‘I think he plays the third match, Timmy Cahill. I think it could be his game to shine.’
Australia’s most famous player, 38, was left on the bench for the entire match against France on Saturday
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