Aussie hero Cahill fit for Honduras

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November 09, 2017

TIM Cahill peaks in the big moments, and there's a big moment coming up for Australia's national team.

Cahill has been something of a lucky charm for the Socceroos since they ended a decades-long drought by qualifying for the 2006 World Cup with an intercontinental play-off win over Uruguay.

He then scored in Australia's first World Cup game in 32 years - a comeback win over Japan in Germany - and was a key member of the teams that played at the World Cups in 2010 and 2014.

Now 37 and living back in Australia - after stints in England, the United States and China - Cahill is still in the squad, hoping to shake off an injury to help the Socceroos win an intercontinental play-off against Honduras and qualify for next year's World Cup in Russia.

DESPITE CONCERNS

It was Cahill's two goals in the return match of the Asian play-off against Syria that helped Australia squeak into the two-leg series against Honduras.

Cahill arrived in San Pedro Sula walking freely despite concerns before he left Australia that a right ankle injury sustained in a league match last weekend would put him out of tomorrow's game at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.

Australia's all-time leading scorer with 50 goals played the ambassadorial role immediately, praising the host country and its people to make amends for some negative commentary in the Australian media, before turning his attention to the game.

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