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Emerton keen to boost sluggish Socceroos

Brett Emerton is intent on helping the Socceroos qualify for next year's World Cup, but says his representative fate lies purely in the hands of coach Holger Osieck.

Emerton, Australia's second most-capped player, hasn't spoken to Osieck since Tuesday night's 2-2 World Cup qualifier draw with Oman but plans to meet with him before changes to the squad are announced.

"I'd like to contribute, of course," the suspended Sydney FC midfielder told AAP on Thursday.

"It's always an honour to play for your country.

"I want to help our country qualify for another World Cup, it just comes down to Holger and his decision about which players are the best to get the job done at that particular stage."

Emerton was left out of the squad for the Oman clash, even though the 34-year-old captained Australia just three months ago in the East Asian Cup qualifiers in Hong Kong.

Australia head to Tokyo next to play group leaders Japan on June 4, followed by matches against Iraq and Jordan at home later in the month.

Jordan leapfrogged the Socceroos into second spot on Wednesday after their shock 2-1 win over Japan.

Coach Holger Osieck, who admitted he may have made mistakes in his selection, has since mooted changes to the side travelling to Tokyo.

"It's really hard to predict who's going to be in the squad come June," Emerton said.

"It's a game of opinions. Everyone's got their own idea of what needs to be done."

Among the things to be considered was the form and fitness of players at the end of the A-League season and travel time, Emerton said, but he trusts the coach's decisions.

"I think Holger's done a great job since he's been in charge of the team and I'm sure over the next couple of months he'll make plans to ensure we have the right squad of players together to get the results we need," he said.


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