New Zealand Ricki Herbert could yet rush Fulham teenager Chris James into the 19-man senior squad to play Chile.

Herbert has left one place open with James and Hibernian striker Chris Killen the frontrunners to fill the vacancy.

New Zealand Soccer are hopeful of gaining an international clearance for James shortly.

The New Zealand-born 18-year-old has played 31 age-group internationals for England but recently decided he wanted to play for the All Whites.