Socceroos legend Tim Cahill will get a Sydney send-off when Australia play Lebanon at ANZ Stadium in November.
After 107 games and 50 goals for the green and gold, Cahill announced he was hanging up his boots soon after his final cameo appearance against Peru at Russia 2018 .
Football Federation Australia today announced new coach Graham Arnold's second game in Australia would be against Lebanon on November 20, three days after their clash with South Korea at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
And today Arnold said the Socceroos will use it as a chance to farewell their superstar striker in front of a home crowd.
"We'll do something he'll never forget," said the former Sydney FC coach.“He’s had a remarkable career and a career that not many people will have."
But the main focus he said would be on developing his new-look squad, bringing in new faces and imposing his style on the team.
"Over the coming months we will have three clear opportunities to develop as a squad ahead of the Asian Cup,” said Arnold. “We will start this process next week with our camp in Turkey and continue to build in October.
“In November, the fixtures that have been scheduled in Brisbane and Sydney will provide us with valuable match minutes against strong Asian opponents, and this will only help us to improve as a team.
“The players are excited to return to Australia to play in front of their families, friends, and fans, so we look forward to playing in front of large vocal crowds at both matches,”
FFA CEO David Gallop hoped the large Lebanese community in Sydney will pack out the stadium as both sides prepare for January's Asian Cup in the UAE.
“Sydney is also home to over 165,000 people with Lebanese heritage," said Gallop.
"We look forward to the opportunity of engaging with the Australian-Lebanese community over the coming months leading up to the match, and expect to feel a real party atmosphere inside ANZ Stadium on game day as the Australian-Lebanese community comes together.”