For more than a decade Cahill has been the Socceroos talisman, the man that has delivered on the big stage when it mattered the most

His history making feats include being the first Socceroo to score at a World Cup and an Asian Cup.

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Cahill’s goal against Syria in the recent World Cup qualifiers made him Australia’s oldest goal scorer at the age of 37 years and 308 days.

His five strikes over three consecutive World Cups makes him one of only six players to have achieved that feat, putting him alongside Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben, Roberto Baggio Jurgen Klinsmann and Lothar Matthaus.

After his final game made him the second most capped player in Socceroos history, the 38-year-old was confident Australia could produce another player just like him.

“Of course there will be another Tim Cahill, I hope so,” the 38-year-old said.

Cahill made his debut for the Socceroos in a  2004 friendly against South Africa but previous to that was considered ineligible by FIFA due to playing for Samoa at the age 14.

The veteran striker admitted he did reflect on how he almost never played for Australia until a push by an Australian coach,  administrator and the media convinced FIFA to change the eligibility rules.

“Of course I’ve thought about it," he said. "You talk about Frank Farina and Bonita Mersiades who was involved at the FFA. Michael Cockerill (and) a lot of the media here standing have been there throughout my journey.

 "But I have also not looked back. I have attacked every single moment.

"When I’ve put on that jersey you could go through every single game it doesn’t matter.

"If it was Bangladesh away, the Netherlands in the World Cup, Germany where I got my red card you name it I’ve pushed myself to the limits tonight.

“I didn’t come here just for a farewell game I come to score, to look fit, be proactive, to play football and win.

“I didn’t come here to be a hindrance to the team and that is my biggest pride, I’m a professional."

During his 14 year career Cahill has had a testy relationship with the media but at his final curtain call he admitted it’s been a blast.

“We have got to be honest we’ve tested each other,” he said.

“I’ve played my whole life like a chess board. No-one has known any single move or what’s happened other than my last one going back to Millwall.

“I’ve always been really protected and methodical because that’s my domain, what I do on the pitch I own that, off the pitch you own that.

“But it didn’t dictate who I was or who I am and it’s been fun.

"I don’t think there is anything really negative other than you want to play as much as you can and you want to take it all in.

“I honestly can say there is not much more I could have done. “