I still have plenty to offer Australian team – ex-Millwall, Blackburn, West Ham defender Neill

Lucas Neill says he still has a lot to offer the Australian national team as he chases a spot in the Socceroos’ 23-man World Cup squad.

Lucas Neill says he still has a lot to offer the Australian national team as he chases a spot in the Socceroos’ 23-man World Cup squad.

The 35-year old Omiya Ardija defender is part of the Socceroos group preparing for next week’s friendly with Costa Rica in Sydney and although he has spent the past seven years as captain, is under no illusions about his chances of making it to Brazil 2014 now that new manager Ange Postecoglou has taken the reins.

"You can only be judged on your performances and I'm only going to look forward," Neill told Nine Network's Today on Wednesday.

"The fact of the matter is, I love playing for Australia. I'm always going to make myself available.

"And right now, like everybody, I'm on trial hoping to be part of the 23 that goes to Brazil.

"I have a chance now this week to impress the new manager and hopefully my natural leadership qualities will come through and I'm one of the players that gets picked for that 23.

"I'm a very proud Australian, I still feel I have plenty to offer the team.

"Obviously I have the experience of being a leader and I'm always going to hold my hand up and offer myself for that honour.

"But like always, I'll consider myself a role model and I know I have responsibilities to this country and I'll continue to do that as long as I get the opportunity."

 
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