FFA denies Cahilltex selection conspiracy

By Emma Kemp, Emma Kemp is a Roar Guru

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    Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop has rejected suggestions Tim Cahill’s selection in Australia’s trimmed World Cup squad had been influenced by commercial factors.

    The 38-year-old talisman was unveiled as the centre of a marketing campaign by the Socceroos’ primary sponsor Caltex, before the ink was even dry on Bert van Marwijk’s trimmed group of 26.

    The opportunistic timing of the ‘Cahilltex’ campaign, whereby a number of petrol stations have been renamed in honour of the country’s leading goalscorer to coincide with the Russia tournament, triggered questions about the fairness of Cahill’s call-up.

    While a long-time regular, his selection courted some controversy given his lack of game time since moving to Millwall – 63 minutes over 10 games – and the concurrent omission of in-form Hibernian striker Jamie Maclaren.

    But van Marwijk had already made clear his intentions for Cahill and last week called him “a special case” given his proven ability to change a game.

    And Gallop moved quickly on Tuesday to hose down talk commercial incentives had played any part.

    “I say ‘have a look at Tim Cahill’s track record’,” Gallop said.

    “He’s a guy who has just produced for Australian football, for the Socceroos, so many times. He did it against Syria.

    “So I don’t think anyone can mock the fact that he is in the 26.”

    If Cahill makes the cut for a fourth World Cup, his role is likely to be restricted to a pinch hitter off the bench, given his world-class aerial ability in the box, as well as a leader off the field.

    He said he was proud to be selected and would “leave no stone unturned” during a training camp in Turkey to make the final squad of 23 on June 3.

    © AAP 2018

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    The Crowd Says (5)

    • May 16th 2018 @ 8:01am
      Fadida said | May 16th 2018 @ 8:01am | ! Report

      It’s all FFA’s fault I tells ya!!

      Well actually I don’t, but Rolly and co will be on here claiming an FFA led conspiracy

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      May 16th 2018 @ 8:18am
      Kaks said | May 16th 2018 @ 8:18am | ! Report

      I’m one of the FFA’s biggest critics, but surely people aren’t that out there to believe this was the case?

    • May 16th 2018 @ 10:04am
      vin said | May 16th 2018 @ 10:04am | ! Report

      so Ibrahimovic misses out on Sweden selection but is playing every week for LA Galaxy,

      but Cahill walks into selection for the socceroos but cant even get a game for 2nd division English team.

      seems legit

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        May 16th 2018 @ 11:01am
        Griffo said | May 16th 2018 @ 11:01am | ! Report

        I’m surprised Zlatan hasn’t booted Cahill out of the Australian team and proclaimed himself the greatest footballer Australia will ever see.



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        May 16th 2018 @ 12:18pm
        Kaks said | May 16th 2018 @ 12:18pm | ! Report

        Zlatan retired from International duty before the Swedish campaign started. Sweden qualified without him. Zlatan then announces that he wants to play in the World Cup, even though he didnt help the country qualify. The Coach say’s no, the players that got us there will be there.

        Big difference.

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