Herd always wanted to be a Socceroo

Herd always wanted to be a Socceroo

Posted on September 5, 2014 in 'News'

Chris Herd has dismissed suggestions he was ever going to play international football for anyone other than Australia. After a couple of false starts, the former ECU Joondalup youngster and Aston Villa started for the Socceroos at right-back last night against Belgium. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Herd was also eligible to play for Scotland but has made it clear pulling on the green and gold of Australia will be “one of the best days of my career”. “I’m feeling really good,” Herd said from Liege. “I’m grateful to be here, grateful to the manager for the call-up. I’m just looking to re-pay his faith in me and do my best for the country.”

Herd, a former ECU Joondalup junior, made it clear his international career was always going to be with the Socceroos. “I think it’s all rumours made up by people who didn’t know the situation,” he said of the notion of playing for Scotland. “I always wanted to play for Australia. Scotland’s never came into my mind. I’ve always wanted to represent Australia. Unfortunately the times I’ve been called up, I’ve been injured. I’ve got over all my injuries now and am looking after my body really well and am feeling as fit as I’ve ever been.”

Coach Ange Postecoglou has every confidence Herd can solve a few problems within the national team. “There’s an opportunity there (for Herd),” Postecoglou said. “We’re certainly keen to have a look at Chris. “We certainly need to create more depth in those (defensive) areas and he can provide that because he can play a number of positions across the back. He looks pretty keen. He’s had a few false starts in terms of his international career, so I’m sure he’s pretty keen to don the green and gold and establish himself as an international.”