Perth Glory defender Shane Lowry is targeting a Socceroos call-up despite several years in the national team wilderness.
Lowry has never represented Australia but has been close to selection several times in the past under Pim Verbeek.
The centre back was selected for two matches in 2009 but did not play, and was named in Verbeek’s 30-man squad for the 2010 World Cup but missed the final 23-man cut.
He was also picked by Han Berger for a friendly against Slovenia seven years ago, but did not feature.
Lowry, who played for Ireland’s Under-17s and Under-21s, is hoping a new Socceroos manager could open doors at international level once again.
“Yeah definitely it’s still a goal of mine,” he told FourFourTwo.
“I’m like any Australian player I’d love to play for my country. I got a sniff a few years ago but I haven’t been capped. It’s up to me to do well. It’s another reason I came back to the A-League as well.
“I’ve seen quite a lot of players getting picked for the national team from the A-League. It’s always on the back of mind. But I’ve got to play well for Perth and stay fit.
“If someone likes me then I might get a call-up, if not then.. they’ve got a lot of good defensive players there.”
Football Federation Australia is on the hunt for a new national team coach to replace Ange Postecoglou.
Lowry spent over a decade in the UK with the likes of Aston Villa, Sheffield United, Millwall and Leyton Orient.
He spent several years with the Lions in the Championship, making more than 70 appearances and playing in the club’s FA Cup semi-final in 2013.
Lowry knows that in the run in to the 2018 World Cup different players could get their chance in the green and gold.
“You never know,” the 28-year old said.
“There’s still six, seven months to the World Cup. There’s always people breaking into the squad late.
"You never like to see it, but there’s always injuries, people off form or haven’t played for their clubs in a while. There’s lots of things that can happen."