UPDATE: WA midfielder Chris Herd desperately wants to play for the Socceroos and is unlikely to be tempted to switch allegiance to Scotland, according to his dad.
Willie Herd, who lives in Perth, said his son had his heart set on playing for Australia’s senior national team after representing his country at youth level.
“He wants to play for Australia — 100 per cent,” Scottish born and bred Willie told www.thewest.com.au today.
“When he was a kid we spoke about what would happen if he ever made it. I used to kid him on saying, ‘you’re playing for Scotland. You’re not playing for Australia'. But he always said, ‘Australia is my home and I’m playing for them if I’m ever good enough'.”
Willie said he was aware more than a year ago during a conversation with his son’s agent Darren Jackson that Scotland manager Craig Levein had expressed an interest.
Herd’s former agent, Gary Williams, this week revealed Scotland’s interest in the 22-year-old, sparking a series of news reports.
“I know his feelings, definitely,” Willie said of his son. "If Scotland called him in, I don’t think he would go. It would put pressure on him but I don’t think he would go.
“It would be nice (to be called up to the Socceroos) but at the same time I’d like to see him get more of a run with Villa before Australia came in.
“He’s still thriving to become a Villa player and it would be the icing on the cake if he became a national player. But sometimes players get it too quickly and they don’t say there long.”
Former Bayswater City and ECU Joondalup midfielder Herd joined Aston Villa’s youth ranks in 2005 before being farmed out to Port Vale, Wycombe Wanderers and Lincoln City for loan periods.
He has made seven Premier League appearances for Villa and was man of the match in a 0-0 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers nine days ago.