Thursday, December 8 2022

Newcastle United striker Chris Wood was Monday named in a New Zealand squad for back-to-back friendlies against Australia later this month.

The matches are part of the Socceroos preparations for the World Cup, which begins in Qatar in November, and the double-header will include the first All Whites home match in five years.

New Zealand will be absent from Qatar after losing a final qualifying play-off against Chile.

“We are all still gutted about missing out on the FIFA World Cup, but these games, with Australia qualified, give us the perfect opportunity to prove we belong at this level,” said New Zealand head coach Danny Hay.

Wood and former West Ham defender Winston Reid, currently a free agent, provide Premier League experience to the squad who will play Australia in Brisbane on September 22 and again in Auckland three days later.

The encounter at Eden Park on September 25 will be the New Zealand men’s team’s first home match since holding Peru to a goalless draw in Wellington in November 2017.

“The players are absolutely buzzing for this,” added Hay. “It has been so long since we played at home.

“The majority of the squad have never represented the All Whites in New Zealand so this is going to be a proud moment for everyone.”

New Zealand squad: Chris Wood (Newcastle United/ENG), Winston Reid (Unattached), Kyle Adams (San Diego Loyal/USA), Joe Bell (Brondby/DEN), Michael Boxall (Minnesota United/USA), Liberato Cacace (FC Empoli/ITA), Andre De Jong (Royal AM/RSA), Matt Garbett (Torino/ITA), Alex Greive (St Mirren/SCO), Cam Howieson (Auckland City), Dane Ingham (Newcastle Jets/AUS), Elijah Just (AC Horsens/DEN), Callum McCowatt (FC Helsingor/DEN), Ben Old, Alex Paulsen, Tim Payne, Oli Sands, Ben Waine (All Wellington Phoenix/NZL), Nando Pijnaker (Sligo Rovers/IRE), Storm Roux (Central Coast Mariners/AUS), Marko Stamenic (FC Copenhagen/DEN), Bill Tuiloma (Portland Timbers/USA), Michael Woud (Kyoto Sanga/JPN), Deklan Wynne (Detroit City FC/USA)



NASCAR Playoffs: Bubba Wallace victorious in Hollywood Casino 400


Nebraska fires Scott Frost and what it means for the Cornhuskers' future | Number One CFB Show

Check Also

Pro Sports Media

Trending Now

MLB Winter Meetings return with prospect of pandemonium on the horizon

SAN DIEGO — It’s another gorgeous, serene day in San Diego, but stroll inside the Manchester Grand Hyatt, there is turbulence and a lobby full of folks running for cover. It’s the annual MLB Winter Meetings, the first one staged since 2019 with COVID-19 and a labor lockout canceling the past two years. Beginning Monday, teams, executives, managers, […]

Read More

Clayton Kershaw’s sons make fun trip to Dodger Stadium to play ball with Dad

The Dodgers‘ Clayton Kershaw plays soft toss with his son Cooper, 2, as his other son Charley, 5, watches before a game Tuesday between the Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press) For Charley and Cooper, it might not be that rare to get a little warmup session […]

Read More

How the Yankees were able to re-sign Aaron Judge and secure his legacy

SAN DIEGO – New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone, fearing that they were going to lose Aaron Judge, came back to his hotel room Tuesday night and decided to telephone Judge one last time. Judge was in San Diego, just a few blocks away from the baseball winter meetings headquarters, but he wasn’t in town […]

Read More