New Zealand retains World Cup flavor for squad
All but three members of New Zealand’s unbeaten football World
Cup squad have been recalled 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 retired.
New Zealand-based midfielder Cole Peverley is the player
selected by coach Ricki Herbert Tuesday who was not at the World
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 matches.