Lucas Neill appointed Asian Cup ambassador

Not content with captaining Australia on the field, the ex-Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United man will also be one of the public faces of the competition in January 2015

Socceroo skipper Lucas Neill has been named 'Captain Ambassador' for the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia.

Veteran Neill was unveiled as the figurehead for the competition at an event in Sydney to mark 500 days until the start of the competition.

The 35-year-old, who made his debut for J-League club Omiya Ardija on Saturday, has publically stated that his ambition is to play on beyond the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and aims to lead his country at the Asian Football Confederation tournament on home soil.

"I have long dreamed of a football event this big coming to Australian shores," Neill said.

"I am passionate about growing the game in Australia and the Asian Cup is a great opportunity for fans to see world-class football right in their backyard. To actually be part of it in the capacity of Captain Ambassador makes it doubly special for me.

"I feel very proud and deeply honoured. It's like wearing the captain's armband, but never having to take it off."

Australia reached the final of the 2011 Asian Cup in Qatar, losing 1-0 to Japan in extra-time.

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