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All Whites youngsters given starts

Bristol City striker Chris Wood, 20, leads the line and will be flanked by Marco Rojas, also 20, and Kosta Barbarouses, 22, in a three-man attack that could also line up for the U-23s at the London Olympics later this year.
Tommy Smith, 21, another player eligible for the Olympics through age, reprises New Zealand’s FIFA World Cup defensive trio with captain Ryan Nelsen and Winston Reid, 23.
Mark Paston, one of the few easy selections for Herbert, dons the gloves for his 35th international and, along with Nelsen and Phoenix team mates Tim Brown and Tony Lochhead, adds experience as one of the four players over 30. The other seven starters are aged 25 or under.
Brown will partner Central Coast Mariners playmaker Michael McGlinchey in midfield with in-form Jeremy Brockie winning the right-hand midfield role and Lochhead providing width on the left.
An ankle injury has ruled Perth Glory striker Shane Smeltz out of tonight’s match with management preferring not to risk him.
The All Whites, sporting their brand new black away kit, will meet an experienced Jamaican side after coach Theodore Whitmore opted for old heads away from home.
Luton Shelton, the nation’s top scorer with 31 goals from his 60 caps, adds proven firepower in attack while Notts Country’s Damian Stewart anchors the defence with captain Jermaine Taylor in a duo that boasts close to 100 caps between them.
Taylor’s Houston Dynamo team mate Je’Vaughan Watson could be the man to watch in the Reggae Boyz midfield while Jorgingho James is left to add impact from the bench after scoring a spectacular winner on his debut against Cuba last week.
ASB Summer International
New Zealand v Jamaica
Mt Smart Stadium
February 29, 2012
Kickoff: 7.30pm
New Zealand: 1-Mark PASTON (GK), 2-Winston REID, 3-Tony LOCHHEAD, 5-Tommy SMITH, 6-Ryan NELSEN (captain), 8-Tim BROWN, 11-Marco ROJAS, 14-Michael MCGLINCHEY, 16-Jeremy BROCKIE, 17-Kosta BARBAROUSES, 18-Chris WOOD
Substitutes: 4-Ben SIGMUND, 7-Leo BERTOS, 10-Chris KILLEN, 12-Scott BASALAJ (RGK), 13-Dan KEAT, 15-Ivan VICELICH.
Injured: 9-Shane SMELTZ
Coach: Ricki HERBERT
Jamaica: 13-Dwayne MILLER (GK), 3-Damian STEWART, 5-Claude DAVIS, 6-Jermaine TAYLOR (captain), 7-Tramaine STEWART, 9-Omar CUMMINGS, 10-Keammar DALEY, 14-Xavian VIRGO, 15-Je’Vaughn WATSON, 11-Luton SHELTON
Substitutes: 1-Jacomeno BARRETT (RGK), 2-Richard EDWARDS, 8-Jorginho JAMES, 12-Navian BOYD, 16-Troy SMITH, 18-Romeo PARKS, 19-Adrian REID, 20-O’Neil THOMPSON
Coach: Theodore WHITMORE
Coverage
Live on Sky Sports 3 and www.radiosport.co.nz
Internet streaming (outside NZ and Jamaica) at www.vptv.co.nz
Ticket details
Reserved seating: Adults $29, Children $15
Embankment: Adults $25, Children $10, Family (2 adults + 2 children) $60
To purchase tickets click here
Story courtesy of New Zealand Football.
For more on New Zealand football go to www.nzfootball.co.nz


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