No Neill deal for Blackburn Rovers

Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill’s club and international future remains in limbo after Blackburn Rovers confirmed he will not be returning to Ewood Park.

Manager Gary Bowyer said Neill, 35, who had been training with the championship outfit - and recently played 90 minutes in the Rovers’ U21 side against Tottenham - had left the club to pursue other opportunities.

Club-less Neill is in a race against time to be on the plane to Rio with Australia’s World Cup squad.

Bowyer told the Lancashire Telegraph: “Lucas Neill was training with us and he played in a reserve game and now he is not training with us.

“If there was something that could have come of it we might have done something but at the same time we were aware of the fact that if someone else comes in for him or if he wants to try something else to get in the World Cup squad then that would be his goal.

“We were helping Lucas out with training but the World Cup is his goal and he has got an opportunity to play in that and everyone would want to play in that.

“Different people are interested in him and that is where he is at the moment.”

Neill, who played for Rovers between 2001-2007, had his last competitive match in November for J.League side Omiya Ardija.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecogou has made it clear what he expects from players putting themselves in contention for squad selection.

"My main priority is that all our players are playing so whether that's Lucas or anyone else, that's going to be a key thing going into a World Cup," Postecoglou said earlier this month.

"You don't want to go into a World Cup under done - whether that's individuals or the group as a whole. The more players we have playing regularly and playing well, the happier I am."