Australia and Everton legend Tim Cahill retires from football at the age of 39

Australian and  Everton legend, Tim Cahill, has announced his retirement from football at the age of 39.

The announcement comes, after formel Millwall midfielder retired from internationals in November, ending a career in which he became Australia’s leading scorer with 50 goals from 108 appearances.

He last played for Jamshedpur in the Indian Super League, scoring two goals in 11 games before his contract ended.

Speaking with Australia’s Optus Sport, he said: No, I’m an old man now in football years. ‘I’d love to keep playing, you know 39, had a great stint for six months in India.

‘But I’m interested in TV, going to start my A (coaching) license and spend quality time with my family and chill out for a bit.’

‘It was amazing to play in four big continents,’ Cahill said. ‘I had a great career and I’m really thankful.

‘I’m someone that massively respects the game and I’ll take my time to learn more. Coaching is something that’s definitely going to be on the horizon.’

Cahill played more than 200 matches for both Everton and Millwall in a career in England from 1998 to 2012. He later played for the New York Red Bulls in MLS and in China for Shanghai Shenhua and Zhejiang Greentown before returning to Australia to play for Melbourne City in the A-League.