NEW ZEALAND ANNOUNCES SQUAD FOR A FRIENDLY FOOTBALL MATCH IN OMAN

New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson has named a 19-member squad for a friendly game against Oman, to be played at the Seeb Sports Stadium in Muscat on November 12.

The All Whites’ coach has included eight players from across the successful 2015 age-group World Cup campaigns, which saw both the U17 and U20 sides enter the knockout phases of their respective tournaments.

Led by tour captain Chris Wood (Leeds United), the team also includes experienced attacking players Shane Smeltz (Sydney FC), Marco Rojas (FC Thun) and Kosta Barbarouses (Melbourne Victory). At 18 years of age, Blackpool midfielder Henry Cameron gets his first call-up to the New Zealand side.

Meanwhile, West Ham defender and New Zealand captain Winston Reid will miss the trip to Muscat due to injury, while goalkeeper Glen Moss and defender Tommy Smith have opted out for personal reasons.

Coach Hudson said, “The trip to Oman provides us a match against a strong opponent. Over there, we can test ourselves on and off the field. We can continue to refine our approach in an environment that mirrors the kind of test we want to be facing at the back end of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign,” said Hudson.

New Zealand is currently languishing at a lowly 159th place in the FIFA rankings as against Oman’s No 92.

Squad: Goalkeepers: Max Crocombe, Stefan Marinovic, Nik Tzanev; defenders: Michael Boxall, Sam Brotherton, Thomas Doyle, Louis Fenton, Themi Tzimopoulos; midfielders: Kosta Barbarouses, Henry Cameron, Clayton Lewis, Michael McGlinchey, Marco Rojas, Alex Rufer, Ryan Thomas, Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi; forwards: Logan Rogerson, Shane Smeltz, Chris Wood.

SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY