May 25, 2014 – 11:43AM
Honoured: Tim Cahill will skipper the Socceroos for the first time. Photo: Getty Images
Tim Cahill will captain the Socceroos for the first time in Monday’s pre-World Cup friendly international against South Africa in Sydney.
Coach Ange Postecoglou has chosen not to risk captain Mile Jedinak against South Africa after the influential midfielder suffered a groin strain in the last round of the English Premier League earlier this month.
“Tim’s leadership and the way he conducts himself in the group as a senior player has been impressive and with Mile not able to play against South Africa Tim will captain the side,” Postecoglou said.
Cahill, a veteran of 67 internationals, said leading the Socceroos out at ANZ Stadium would be the proudest day of his soccer career.
“It’s an honour to put on the green and gold shirt and play for the Socceroos but to lead the team out will be amazing,” he said.
“I’ve always said you don’t have to have an armband to be a leader but captaining my country in the sport that has given me everything in life is going to be an amazing experience and I look forward to the responsibility Ange has given me while Mile is out injured.”
Source : The Sydney Morning Herald