Oceania Football Confederation > News > 2016 OFC Nations Cup > All Whites Nations Cup squad announced

All Whites Nations Cup squad announced

The head coach says he is happy with the blend of youth and experience in his team which includes four uncapped players.
Luke Adams, Kip Colvey, Max Crocombe and Monty Patterson will all be hoping to make their international debuts for the All Whites in Papua New Guinea.
Hudson says the newcomers are ready to step up to international level.
“These guys have really gone under the radar.
“For example, Kip Colvey is player who was virtually unknown up until he signed for San Jose in the MLS.
“Then he went to PNG with the U-23 side and he was outstanding, a proper player,” Hudson says.
“We know that all the players we brought in are ready now to do the job for the first team, these guys can handle it.”
Other promising youngsters include Marco Rojas, Clayton Lewis, Louis Fenton and Bill Tuiloma.
The All Whites, captained by Leeds United forward Chris Wood, also boast plenty of experience with the likes of 2010 FIFA World Cup veterans Rory Fallon, Shane Smeltz and Michael McGlinchey.
Hudson is confident his side has what it takes to win the Nations Cup and qualify for next year’s FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
“We have a core of very talented young players coming through and if we mix them with our senior players we have a team here that will make us proud,” says the 35-year-old.
“We feel like we are on the cusp of something special, we have a squad more than capable to get the job done.”
Despite his confidence in his players ability, Hudson insists the All Whites will not be complacent at the Nations Cup.
“I must make it absolutely clear that we will go to PNG with humility and a lot of respect for our opponents,” he says.
“We know what we have to do, but there is no way we underestimate any of our opponents.”
There are two notable omissions in Hudson’s squad with West Ham United’s Winston Reid and Tommy Smith from Ipswich Town FC.
Hudson says Reid made himself available but he was not selected after missing 23 games of the English Premier League season due to injury.
Meanwhile, Smith could not offer a full commitment to the national team.
“Winston and Tommy’s situations are very different,” says the All Whites coach.
“Winston is 100 percent committed to our team but following his injury-interrupted season with West Ham, I have decided it is in his and the team’s best interests to get him right for the rest of the year.
“Tommy, on the other hand, has not been able to commit to us again, and as a result I will not be selecting him for the All Whites going forward.
“It is too disruptive to our preparation.”
The All Whites travel to Brisbane on Saturday for a training camp where they will play three games against local club sides.
New Zealand’s opening OFC Nations Cup match will be against Fiji on 28 May, followed by a meeting with Vanuatu three days later.
They will face the Solomon Islands in their final Group B match on 4 June.
New Zealand 2016 OFC Nations Cup squad
Goalkeepers

Max Crocombe (Oxford Utd, England)
Stefan Marinovic (SpVgg Unterhaching, Germany)
Tamati Williams (RKC Waalwijk, Netherlands)
Defenders
Luke Adams (South Melbourne FC, Australia)
Michael Boxall (SuperSport Utd, South Africa)
Sam Brotherton (Wisconsin University, USA)
Kip Colvey (San Jose Earthquakes FC, USA)
Thomas Doyle (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)
Louis Fenton (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)
Themi Tzimopoulos (PAS Giannina FC, Greece)
Midfielders
Te Atawhai Wihongi (Onehunga Sports FC, New Zealand)
Moses Dyer (Onehunga Sports FC, New Zealand)
Clayton Lewis (Onehunga Sports FC, New Zealand)
Michael McGlinchey (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)
Matt Ridenton (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)
Bill Tuiloma (RC Strasbourg Alsace, France)
Forwards
Kosta Barbarouses (Melbourne Victory)
Rory Fallon (Bristol Rovers, England)
Monty Patterson (Ipswich Town FC)
Logan Rogerson (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)
Marco Rojas (FC Thun, Switzerland)
Shane Smeltz (Sydney FC, Australia)
Chris Wood (Leeds Utd FC, England)


Related posts

Comment