De Vanna faces World Cup D-Day

by AAP on May 20, 2011

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Exiled striker Lisa De Vanna's World Cup fate could be decided this weekend and hinges on her willingness to accept a set of "conditions" that will open the door for a return to the Matildas.

De Vanna's appearance at next month's women's World Cup in Germany is in doubt after her expulsion from the Matildas camp last week in the build up to a friendly against New Zealand in Gosford.

It was reported the 26-year-old's departure was due to a culmination of several attitude-related indiscretions, including refusing to undertake media commitments, walking out of the team photograph and failing to fulfil training requirements.

De Vanna has returned to the US to join her Florida-based club team and Matildas coach Tom Sermanni said officials were trying to contact her and seek guarantees of her commitment to team duties before she could come back into contention.

"If she wants to come back in again, there's certain sort of commitments that she needs to make to do that," Sermanni told AAP.

"Our team doctor is going to get in touch with her and we're looking at laying down some conditions if she wants to accept them and come back in the team.

"They haven't been able to make contact yet but I would hope this situation would be sorted out by the beginning of next week because everybody needs to move on."

De Vanna is a proven match winner for Australia and starred at the 2007 World Cup, scoring four goals as the Matildas reached the quarter-finals before falling to Brazil.

Sermanni said De Vanna was a valuable member of the squad, but the playing group was in agreement she had to change her ways.

"She's likeable and she's a valuable player but there's certain things that they (the players) don't feel should happen within the team, that they feel has to be rectified by her," Sermanni said.

Australia's striking stocks have already taken a hit for the tournament with star Katie Gill ruled out due to injury and Sarah Walsh facing a battle to prove her fitness.

But Sermanni said that would have no bearing on any decisions made regarding De Vanna.

"You have to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of having a player in the environment that has a negative impact on that environment," he said.

"... Potentially we're looking at missing several key experienced players, but in saying that we've got the depth in the team now to be able to cope with that."

Sermanni will likely decide on his squad in early June, ahead of their tournament opener against Brazil on June 29.