Socceroos boss Bert van Marwijk backs Tim Cahill's Millwall move
He won't speculate on World Cup selections, but new Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk says Tim Cahill's return to Millwall is a "very good signal."
In a promising sign for Cahill's aspirations to appear at a fourth tournament, Van Marwijk praised the 38-year-old's bold decision to leave A-League side Melbourne City and sign with the English Championship outfit that gave him his professional break.
"I think it's a very good signal that he is going to play now for Millwall," Van Marwijk said in Sydney on Thursday.
"But I will not say anything about the qualities of the players. I never did."
Should Cahill be selected and score in Russia, Australia's all-time leading scorer will join Pele and German greats Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose as the only players with goals in four World Cups.
To join that elite company in Russia he desperately needs game time to be assured of a spot in Van Marwijk's national squad.
The veteran forward hailed the 65-year-old Dutchman and his assistant Mark van Bommel, believing the pair will establish the ideal environment for success.
Having been unveiled at The Den on Tuesday night, Cahill described himself as "ambitious, but I'm also realistic."
"It's a dream come true to finish like this," Cahill told News Corp.
"I thought it would be in the A-League, I thought it would be helping the league, but I'm someone that's too ambitious to go through the basic things.
"If players want to go to the World Cup or play at the highest level, you have to test yourself."