Lucas Neill: World Cup is no place to experiment

The veteran centre-back has hit out at suggestions new national team coach Ange Postecoglou should use the FIFA showcase in Brazil next year to build for the future
As Lucas Neill prepares for the Socceroos training camp which will determine his international future, he has declared the World Cup finals are no place for experimentation.

The incumbent Socceroos captain says he relishes the opportunity to fight for his place under new coach Ange Postecoglou.

But in a column for Japan's Kyodo News, Neill has shot down those urging Postecoglou to use Brazil to build for the 2015 Asian Cup and the 2018 World Cup, and not worry about results next year.

"The mere suggestion that our place at a World Cup should be used as a trial or practice for the purpose of gaining experience is beyond comprehension to me," Neill wrote.

"We've qualified for a World Cup, and we must arrive there with the team best equipped to meet the challenges of the competition."
Neill is yet to learn whether he will remain captain after Postecoglou's appointment to the top job.

The 35-year-old, who now plays his club football for Japanese side Omiya Ardija, has been struggling in recent internationals and has come under glaring pressure not only to remain captain, but keep his place.

In his club career, Postecoglou has not been afraid to clear out experienced players he didn't feel fitted his gameplan, or to change captains.

Postecoglou took charge of the Socceroos for his first training session in Sydney on Tuesday.
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