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New Zealand name squad for intercontinental play-off & warm-up games

New Zealand celebrate scoring in the final of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Oceania Qualifiers. Credit: OFC Media

New Zealand Football have today confirmed the 26-person squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ intercontinental play-offs and warm-up games.

Included is Marco Rojas for the first time since 2019, following a stellar season with Melbourne Victory. Michael Boxall also returns after missing the last tour with injury.

The remainder of the squad were all part of side that won the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Oceania Qualifiers tournament in March, while 13 of them were also part of the men’s Olympic team that finished 6th at Tokyo 2020.

“I’m very happy with the squad we have assembled. The vast majority were part of the qualifying campaign, and a significant number were in the Olympic side, so this is a group that understands how we want to play and what is expected of them,” head coach Danny Hay said.

“While it is unfortunate that Sarpreet Singh and Ryan Thomas are missing with injury, it is great we are able to bring Marco Rojas and Michael Boxall back after they weren’t available in March.

“We know this is a massive moment for football in New Zealand and I believe these are the players that give us the best possible chance of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup later this year.”

The All Whites will face Costa Rica in Doha on June 14, 2022 at 9pm (June 15 at 6am in NZ) in the intercontinental play-off for a place at the World Cup. Ahead of the game they will play a warm-up match against Peru in Barcelona on June 5 at 5.30pm (June 6 at 3.30am NZ) and a yet to be announced behind closed doors game against a second national team in Doha on June 9 (June 10 NZ).

New Zealand squad:

Kosta Barbarouses (49 caps) Sydney FC, Australia

Joe Bell (8 caps) Brøndby IF, Denmark

Michael Boxall (36 caps) Minnesota United, USA

Liberato Cacace (8 caps) FC Empoli, Italy

Joe Champness (5 caps) Unattached

Francis de Vries (5 caps) IFK Värnamo, Sweden

Matthew Garbett (8 caps) Torino, Italy

Matthew Gould (0 caps) Altrincham FC, England

Alex Greive (4 caps) St Mirren, Scotland

Dane Ingham (10 caps) Newcastle Jets, Australia

Elijah Just (9 caps) FC Helsingør, Denmark

Niko Kirwan (6 caps) Calcio Padova, Italy

Clayton Lewis (18 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand

Stefan Marinovic (29 caps) Hapoel Nof HaGalil, Israel

Callum McCowatt (8 caps) FC Helsingør, Denmark

Tim Payne (25 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand

Nando Pijnaker (7 caps) Sligo Rovers, Ireland

Logan Rogerson (8 caps) FC Haka, Finland

Marco Rojas (42 caps) Melbourne Victory, Australia

Winston Reid (30 caps) Unattached

Oli Sail (2 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand

Tommy Smith (47 caps) Colchester United, England

Marko Stamenic (6 caps) HB Køge, Denmark

Bill Tuiloma (31 caps) Portland Timbers, USA

Ben Waine (2 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand

Chris Wood (65 caps) Newcastle United, England

 

Upcoming games:

New Zealand v Peru – International Friendly

Sunday June 5, 2022 – 5:30pm (local)

Barcelona, Spain

 

New Zealand v To Be Announced – International Friendly (behind closed doors)

Thursday June 9, 2022 – Time TBC (local)

Doha, Qatar

 

New Zealand v Costa Rica – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Intercontinental Play-Off

Tuesday June 14, 2022 – 9pm (local)

Doha, Qatar

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