The World Cup has shown 18-year-old Daniel Arzani is the future of Australian football
“Bert draws a blank,” the Courier-Mail’s back page screamed after Australia’s 1-1 draw with Denmark. “Golden opportunity goes begging as Socceroos coach leaves our greatest goal-scorer sitting on the bench,” went the standfirst. But the Queensland tabloid wasn’t the only one unhappy as Tim Cahill received zero minutes in Australia’s two World Cup matches to date.
The Daily Telegraph’s sports editor-at-large accused head coach Bert van Marwijk of disrespecting Cahill by leaving him out. Former Socceroos Robbie Slater and Mark Bosnich also chipped in. Slater, a Fox Sports football pundit, described it as “a national outrage,” while fellow commentator Bosnich tweeted that “questions must be asked of the manager as to why Tim Cahill was not used with 10-15 minutes to go”.