Green and gold or blue?

Chris Herd
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CHRIS Herd has been given three invitations to play for the Socceroos.

Three times the Aston Villa midfielder has pulled out because of injury - whether he gets another chance to make his international debut remains to be seen.

Manager Holger Osieck appears to be fed up with Herd's continued no-show.

He left the 23-year-old out of the 22-man squad for a friendly against Lebanon in Beirut next Thursday and the Socceroos' crucial AFC qualifier against Jordan in Amman five days later.

Since withdrawing from his third Socceroos squad before the 3-1 loss to Scotland in Edinburgh earlier this month, Herd has played regularly for Villa in the English Premier League.

He also scored in Villa's 3-0 League Cup win over Tranmere Rovers on Wednesday.

That was not enough to persuade Osieck to give Herd another chance.

"We had our scouts at a recent game, and despite the fact that he played (against Tranmere) and scored from a very easy tap-in, he was not convincing enough to get a call-up," Osieck said. "I wanted to open the door for him, and then he had to decline invitations three times and so I never really got a chance to see him again.

"My judgment is based on what he has shown recently, and I think, at present, I don't see him in a position to help our team."

There are rumours that Herd may never wear the green and gold and could indeed wear the blue of Scotland for who he qualifies through parentage if he choses to pursue that journey.

Osieck said that was something only Herd could answer.

"That is a question I can't answer," he said. "I went to see him Birmingham, I said it to him. He look committed, he wanted to play for Australia."

Australia currently sits third in Group B of the fourth round of AFC 2014 World Cup qualifying, with two draws from as many games ensuring the Socceroos trail leaders Japan by five points and second-placed Iran on goal difference.

If goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer plays in either match, he will become the first player to reach 100 caps for the Socceroos.

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