“The games and the training I played there helped so much. Now that I’m actually here, to talk about it, it’s amazing.”
The dream remains intact, but Van Marwijk has started Urawa Reds striker Andrew Nabbout in the Socceroos’ past four games and Cahill, despite his track record, is not second choice.
But if he does get the nod, Cahill says he will be ready.
“It’s every kid’s dream. I speak to a lot of the young players. (Daniel) Arzani sits next to me… and all we talk about is, when you get a chance, you have to take it.
“You don’t know until you try. If I get on that pitch, I’m going to try and make something happen.”