All Whites squad named, former captain absent

SAM WORTHINGTON
Last updated 10:25 12/08/2014
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Former All Whites captain Tommy Smith has gone into international exile.

The Ipswich Town defender was the glaring omission from today's All Whites squad named to play Uzbekistan next month, with Smith requesting he not be considered for selection for any New Zealand team for the next 12 months.

After consultation with the ''relevant parties'', New Zealand Football has agreed to this request.

Smith, who captained the All Whites in November's World Cup qualifiers against Mexico, also made himself unavailable for this year's games against Japan and South Africa following a heavy workload in the English Championship.

In brighter news, New Zealand's biggest star, Winston Reid, has been included in an 18-man squad for the September 8 clash with Uzbekistan in Tashkent.

No captain has been named in the squad picked by interim head coach Neil Emblen as new appointment Anthony Hudson sweats on a work visa being approved.

Glen Moss captained the side in the absence of Reid and Smith this year.

There are three changes to the side which drew 0-0 with Bafana Bafana in Auckland.

Reid, Chris Wood and Kosta Barbarouses all return after missing the South Africa visit through injury.

"In the two matches we've played this year against Japan and South Africa we've had a number of excellent performances from individuals involved across both games," Emblen said.

"The squad of players we're taking to Uzbekistan rewards the players who have impressed this year against top quality opposition.

''When you look at the players we have for this trip you can see we're building a mix of senior players with good experience with exciting young talent to showcase around them. It's a great position to be in and it's an exciting time for everyone involved."

The All Whites will have a pre-game camp at the Aspire Academy academy in Qatar, along with the Junior All Whites who will play in an under-20 tournament in Doha against Morocco, Chile and Qatar.

ALL WHITES (games/goals in brackets)

Goalkeepers

Glen Moss (28/0 - Wellington Phoenix/NZ)

Tamati Williams (1/0 - Glenfield Rovers/NZ)

Defenders

Michael Boxall (9/0 - Wellington Phoenix/NZ)

Andrew Durante (8/0 - Wellington Phoenix/NZ)

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Winston Reid (17/1 - West Ham Utd/ENG)

Storm Roux (3/0 - Central Coast Mariners/AUS)

Ben Sigmund (32/2 - Wellington Phoenix/NZ)

Bill Tuiloma (4/0 - Olympique Marseille/FRA)

Midfielders

Cameron Howieson (8/0 - Burnley FC/ENG)

Chris James (18/2 - CS Sedan Ardennes/FRA)

Michael McGlinchey (27/3 - Central Coast Mariners/AUS)

Tim Payne (10/2 - unattached)

Ryan Thomas (2/0 - PEC Zwolle/HOL)

Forwards

Kosta Barbarouses (25/2 - Melbourne Victory/AUS)

Tyler Boyd (2/0- Wellington Phoenix/NZ)

Jeremy Brockie (43/0 - Wellington Phoenix/NZ)

Marco Rojas (18/0 - VfB Stuttgart/GER)

Chris Wood (34/12 - Leicester City/ENG)

Team management

Interim head coach: Neil Emblen

Goalkeeper coach: Paul Gothard

Manager: Rob Pickstock

Physio: Roland Jeffrey

Doctor: Mark Fulcher

Head Coach: Anthony Hudson (pending receipt of working visa)

- Stuff

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