Chris Herd

Versatility has been a feature of Herd’s rise to the Socceroos squad, with the ability to play anywhere across the backline and also in midfield.

Injury has played havoc with the early part of his career, including an ankle injury in training which forced him to miss the entire 2015 Asian Cup despite making the final 23-man squad.

Born in Melbourne but raised in Perth, Herd headed to the UK as a 16-year-old, signing a youth contract with EPL club Aston Villa.

It took a while for him to crack the Villa first team, having loan stints at clubs like Port Vale and Wycombe Wanderers before finally making his EPL debut in a 2-2 draw with Manchester United in the 2010-11 season.

Herd also has a match-winning goal at Anfield to his name but a string of injuries means he has yet to reach his undoubted potential.