Socceroos great Tim Cahill says his "ruthless" hat-trick against football minnows Bangladesh shows he can continue to defy age on the international stage.
Cahill was clinical against the 180th-ranked Bengal Tigers in Dhaka on Wednesday morning (AEDT), netting three first-half goals in the World Cup qualifier with the help of some excellent service from Aaron Mooy among others.
It was only the second hat-trick of his Socceroos career, but takes his international count to 45 goals in 88 appearances including five on the road to Russia.
And Cahill, who turns 36 next month, is adamant his body feels strong and he will not slow down.
"For me it's professionalism," he said.
"People always ask the question, `When is he going to stand down? Is someone going to step up?'
"No problems, I'm here to help these (younger) boys. I'm here to push them as far as I can.
"Tomi Juric got injured, Burnsy (Nathan Burns) got a little bit of an injury, (Tom) Rogic got injured - if players aren't going to play I'm there, and that's the biggest thing for me.
"I've always played for my country. Everyone knows I'm not here to make up the numbers.
"I've been here to support, but overall tonight I've been ruthless."
"I know I missed a few chances, I know how many goals I could have. But for me it's only going to get better because I feel that my body is in a great place."
Cahill also referenced his "executive decision" as an "older statesman" not to talk to media after the Socceroos' 3-0 defeat of Kyrgyzstan in Canberra.
He said it was out of respect for Bangladeshi people amid heavy security measures for the Socceroos' visit to the crisis-hit country.
"After the last Kyrgyzstan game at home I didn't do press. I wanted to respect Bangladesh the country, the security and not create too many headlines - and take a lot of pressure off ourselves," Cahill said.
"To speak now, I'm very proud of what we've done here, also the fans with the way they've been, the hospitality, the hotel, and everyone that's been involved. The security was more than first class.
"It's always good to speak now after the event. My job is to score goals and win for the team and it's unfortunate after the game against Kyrgyzstan I couldn't do any interviews.
"But I feel being an older statesman that that was my executive decision and the right decision purely because you have to respect the countries you go to.
"We respected them and in the end we got an amazing reception here and the people here are very beautiful people."