Thompson understands Cahill

06 December 2017 06:35:09 EST

Archie Thompson believes Tim Cahill's desire to play for Australia at next year's World Cup lay behind his decision to leave Melbourne City.

The Socceroos record goalscorer has only started one game this season in the league, and it's his desire for regular game time that has led him to depart.

Thompson says Cahill has effectively accomplished his mission at City. Now the uncertainty Socceroos contenders feel following the resignation of coach Ange Postecoglou has pushed him through the door.

"He came back to the A-League to play regularly and to play in the [World Cup] qualifiers. He's done both of those, got us to the World Cup and now it's purely about game time," said the former Melbourne Victory striker.

"Obviously he's not getting game time with City and now that Ange isn't at the helm anymore, his spot isn't guaranteed; he has to play regular football. I'm surprised he's left now but it had to happen because he has to play regular football."

Cahill knows he won't be a contender to start for whoever succeeds Postecoglou if he's only playing sporadically off the bench for City, argued Thompson.

It's similar to the situation Thompson found himself in ahead of the last World Cup in Brazil.

He'd been a Socceroos regular under Holger Osieck when the team qualified for the finals, but once Postecoglou took over, he and a number of other older players found themselves being phased out.

Mark Schwarzer, Brett Holman, Lucas Neill, Luke Wilkshire and Sasa Ognenovski endured similar fates, Besides Cahill, the only experienced players who remained under Postecoglou were Mark Milligan and Mile Jedinak.

Melbourne City are 9/2 to win the 2017/18 Grand Final and 8/11 to win their next game against Central Coast, who are 15/4 with the draw 14/5.

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