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Apr 11, 2013

Lowry eyeing FA Cup final with Millwall

Australian defender Shane Lowry is one win away from a dream FA Cup final appearance with Millwall and he hopes Socceroos coach Holger Osieck is paying attention.

Millwall face Wigan in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley and Lowry is hoping for a chance to become only the fifth Australian to compete in the final of the historic knockout tournament.

The Perth-born 23-year-old admits it would be a dream to follow in the footsteps of Joe Marston, Craig Johnston, Harry Kewell and Tim Cahill.

And he's also hoping the exposure gained from the Championship club's fairytale run can help ignite his Socceroos career.

After pledging his allegiance to Australia over Ireland, Lowry made several squads under former Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek but never made an appearance.

He's yet to convince Osieck he has something to offer on the road to Brazil 2014 but, after a breakthrough season, Lowry hopes to put himself on the radar.

"Games like these are shown worldwide so hopefully it might get me some recognition," Lowry told AAP.

"I am definitely ambitious and I want to play for Australia.

"Hopefully people will be watching (on Saturday) but if not I'll just keep going and hopefully in the future I can be part of it."

While Lowry plays in central defence for Millwall he is also adept at left back, a problem position for the Socceroos.

After spending five years in Aston Villa's youth squad, Lowry spent time on loan at a handful of clubs before last year signing with Millwall, a former club of compatriots Cahill, Lucas Neill and Kevin Muscat.

Lowry has since nailed down a regular starting spot, playing in 36 of the club's 40 games league this season and scoring once with a cracking free kick against Charlton last month.

"It was the best decision for me to come to Millwall," Lowry said.

"There's nothing better than playing games rather than sitting on the bench somewhere."

Lowry always dreamed of playing in a FA Cup final and remembers watching on television as a 14-year-old when Cahill featured in Millwall's first Cup final against Manchester United in 2004.

With Wigan locked in a tense relegation battle in the Premier League, he believes the Lions are a huge chance to book a showdown with Chelsea or Manchester City on May 11.

"They might have an eye on staying in the Premier League, so we might be able to catch them off guard," Lowry said.

"It's a one-off game, so anything's possible."

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