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.”

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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

Wood.