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Lucas Neill nominated for top AFC award

Socceroos captain Lucas Neill has made the final shortlist for the Asian Football Confederation's player of the year award.

Neill was one of five nominees named on Sunday for the award, last won by an Australian when Sasa Ognenovski took it out in 2010.

Neill, 34, is currently plying his trade with United Arab Emirates Pro League side Al Wasl, and spent last season with Al Jazira in the same competition.

The former Blackburn and West Ham player joins Ali Karimi (Iran), Lee Keun-ho (Korea Republic), Mohsen Bengar (Iran) and Zheng Zhi (China) on the nominee list for the top individual gong.

Fellow Socceroos veteran Mark Schwarzer has also earned a nomination, for the newly-created international player of the year award.

The Fulham shopstopper is up against Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa and Inter Milan's Yuto Nagatomo for the award.

The winners will be announced at the AFC Annual Awards gala to be held in Kuala Lumpur on November 29.


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