Ferdinand backing 'adrenaline' charged Cahill to go to World Cup

Tim Cahill will be "playing on adrenaline" as he enters the last lap of his storied career, according to one-time Premier League rival Les Ferdinand.

Tim Cahill

Tim Cahill in the Millwall dressing room Source: Twitter

The Queens Park Rangers football director, 51, was interested in bringing Cahill, 38, to West London before the Socceroos legend agreed to terms for a fairytale return to his maiden club Millwall.

And ex-England striker Ferdinand, who hung up his boots at the ripe age of 39, believes Cahill's swan song could carry him all the way to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

"Tim is after one last hurrah and he's kept himself in decent shape," Ferdinand said.

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"From my own experience, when you play into your late thirties the last leg of that journey is fuelled by adrenaline.

"And that’s what I think Tim will be playing on now.



"He wants to go to Russia and I know he's a very determined character.

"He’s got the goal scoring knack - and at this stage of his career he's got nothing to lose, and a huge amount to gain if he gets picked for the World Cup.

"I think if anybody can get picked, it's him."

But first Cahill, who is aiming to become only the fourth player to score at four straight World Cups, must crack the Lions line-up.

After scoring for the Championship club’s Under-23s in a 3-2 win over Coventry on Tuesday (AEDT), one of the Den's favourite sons could be called into squad for Saturday's (AEDT) visit of Cardiff City.



Ferdinand, the ninth highest Premier League scorer with 149 goals, believes Cahill remains a dangerous weapon, most likely used strategically off the bench.

"Tim has the know-how, the experience and he realises, like I did at his age, that it will soon be the end," said Ferdinand, whose peak years were at Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur.

"This could be his last little burst. He probably won't be running round for 90 minutes every week ... he wouldn't have been brought in with that in mind.

"But he can certainly come off the bench and have a massive influence.

"You also have the benefit of having somebody with his personality around the club, and the influence he might have in the dressing room.

"We were certainly looking closely at him for QPR, for all those reasons."



Ferdinand, who retired in 2006 after a final pit-stop at Watford, was propelled into his late thirties by his "love for the game".

"I knew my time was coming to an end," he said.

"I couldn’t do what I wanted to do for 90 minutes week-in week-out, but I wanted to finish on a high.

"That's what kept me motivated, and I'm sure Tim is the same."

Having played just 94 A-League minutes in eight months with Melbourne City, Cahill will be competing with fellow strikers Lee Gregory, Steve Morison and Aiden O'Brien for game time at the Den.

The trio have just 12 league goals between them, a further incentive for Harris to play the Cahill card. Possibly sooner rather than later.


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Published 8 February 2018 at 10:03am
By Dave Lewis