- 38-year-old Australia legend Tim Cahill quits international football
- The former Everton midfielder made his fourth World Cup appearance in Russia this year
- He is the Socceroos all time highest goals scorer and also made history after becoming the first player to score a World Cup goal for his country in 2006
Australia legend Tim Cahill has announced his retirement from international football following his side's poor outing in Russia.
The 38-year-old became one of the few players to appear at the FIFA World Cup four times after featuring for the Socceroos in this year's edition of the championship.
Coach Graham Arnold's men failed to progress beyond the group stage after finishing at the base of Group C with just one point from three matches.
The former Everton midfielder came off the bench in his side's defeat to Peru in their last group game - which also marked his final minutes in the green and gold jersey.
He is the country's all time highest goals scorer with 50 goals and the second most capped player with 107 appearances - just two behind Mark Schwarzer with 109.
Cahill made history by scoring the Aussies first ever World Cup goal in 2006 against Japan.
He said on Instagram: "Today’s the day that I’m officially hanging up my boots on my international career with the Socceroos.
"No words can describe what it has meant to represent my country.
"It took a while to play my first game for Australia, and I promised myself then that I would never miss a beat and would make the most of every opportunity I was given to wear the badge and jersey.
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"Massive thank you to everyone for the support throughout all my years wearing the Australian badge.
Football Federation of Australia Chairman Steven praised Cahill’s huge contribution to football down under.
He said: "Tim Cahill is a football great in Australia.
"As a player and as a person he has had an enormous impact on the game.
"Tim’s performances on and off the pitch and his feats at FIFA World Cups and AFC Asian Cups have inspired millions across the globe.
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"But it is in Australia, where Tim is a household name, that his influence is most profound.
"He has our very best wishes for whatever new challenges he takes on. We hope to continue to work with Tim to promote football in Australia.”
Cahill is yet to decide whether to continue his club career after a short spell back at Millwall last season.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Tim Cahill was one of the oldest player that will feature at the recently concluded Russia 2018 World Cup.
The midfielder made the cup for the final 23-man squad to represent Australia at this year's edition of the championship.
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