By Danny Wright
Everton fans on Twitter were in a nostalgic mood on Tuesday when Tim Cahill scored a brace to put Australia into the inter-continental World Cup play-off with a win against Syria.
The Aussies came from behind to win 2-1, 3-2 on aggregate, after extra time to beat the Middle Eastern minnows courtesy of two goals by Cahill, now 37, where they will play a North American side over two legs in November to earn a spot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Cahill is widely regarded as one of Everton’s best players from the Premier League era thanks to his brilliant goalscoring displays from the centre of midfield and his insane ability to score headers – and yes, both of his goals on Tuesday came via his head.
Now at Melbourne City in the Australian A-League, Cahill still holds a place in the hearts of most Everton fans, who were again reminded of how good of a player he was for them between 2004 and 2012 after his international heroics for the Socceroos.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
— Arnthor Asgrimsson (@addiiceland) October 10, 2017
— Chris Jones (@ChriseeJones) October 10, 2017
— Gylfi Kimgurdson (@kimbowl1989) October 10, 2017
— Gilly (@DjX2Melbourne) October 10, 2017
— AfricaStamps.co.uk (@AfricaStamps) October 10, 2017
I love Tim Cahill #EFC
— Ben (@BT_1878) October 10, 2017
Cahill made a total of 271 appearances for Everton after signing from Millwall in 2004, scoring 66 goals in the process before leaving to have spells with New York Red Bulls, Shanghai Shenhua and Hangzhou Greentown.
Now at Melbourne City, he has scored 11 goals in 21 appearances, proving that the attacking midfielder still possesses that midas touch that made him a cult hero at Goodison Park.