Veteran defender has been warned he needs to play regularly to stay in contention for the World Cup.
Australia head coach Holger Osieck admits he is concerned that veteran defender Lucas Neill is yet to find a new club.
The 35-year-old has been a free agent since his release Sydney FC following a short spell with the A-League side last season and according to Osieck was close to joining a Major League Soccer franchise following talks with clubs in the United States.
Nothing has since transpired with Neill still currently unemployed leaving his national team boss with no option but to issue a warning that he could miss the World Cup in Brazil next year if he isn’t playing regular football.
“It is a concern,” he told Sportal.
“If he hasn’t got a club and he’s not playing, how can you play for the national team? I think he is aware of that.”
Neill was one of the Socceroos’ strongest performers during the qualifying stage as they collected seven points from their final three games to make to the 2014 tournament.
Osieck claimed the former Millwall, Blackburn, Everton and West Ham star was absent from the East Asian Cup squad as he was negotiating with several MLS teams, but time is now ticking for him to strike a deal with potential employers.