New Zealand retains World Cup flavor for squad
All but three members of New Zealand’s unbeaten football World
Cup squad were recalled Tuesday to play international friendlies
next month against Honduras and Paraguay.
The only members of the 23-man Cup squad unavailable for the
matches against Honduras in Auckland on Oct. 9 and Paraguay in
Wellington on Oct. 12 are England-based striker Rory Fallon, who is
injured, and defender Andy Barron and goalkeeper James Bannatyne,
who have both retired.
New Zealand-based midfielder Cole Peverley is the player
selected by coach Ricki Herbert who was not at the World Cup.
Defenders Ryan Nelsen of Blackburn Rovers and Winston Reid of
West Ham have both been cleared by their English Premier League
clubs to play in the friendlies.
”Selecting the 23 for South Africa was among the toughest
decisions I’ve had to make but it was of paramount importance that
we give those players who went to South Africa a chance to thank
the public for the overwhelming support,” Herbert said.
”It’s fantastic to have two World Cup opponents here in New
Zealand so close after the World Cup. It is a great way of
concluding the 2010 campaign, but it’s also important to announce
the start a long hard campaign towards Brazil 2014.”
New Zealand squad: Glen Moss, Mark Paston, Andrew Boyens, Tony
Lochhead, Ryan Nelson, Winston Reid, Ben Signmund, Tommy Smith,
Ivan Vicelich, Leo Bertos, Jeremy Brockie, Tim Brown, Aaron
Clapham, Jeremy Chritie, Simon Elliott, Michael McGlinchey, David
Mulligan, Cole Peverley, Chris Killen, Shane Smeltz, Chris