Defender Thomas Doyle called into All Whites

Last updated 10:30 29/08/2014
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DOYLE DOES IT: Phoenix defender Thomas Doyle has received an All Whites call up.

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Wellington Phoenix defender Thomas Doyle has been called into the All Whites to replace Marco Rojas, who has pressing club commitments in Germany.

Rojas has been lent from Bundesliga club Vfb Stuttgart to second-tier side Greuther Furth and will play his first game for his new club on Monday.

New All Whites coach Anthony Hudson said the six-day turnaround meant it was too tight for Rojas to be involved in next week's All Whites trip to Doha and Uzbekistan.

"Playing for his new club early in the week, the subsequent travel and recovery period means it is not practical to have Marco as part of the squad this time around," Hudson said.

"Our focus is on ensuring we have a squad full of players available to participate fully in the entire camp and buildup to the game against Uzbekistan, and in Thomas we have a really exciting young prospect who has a chance to make an impression."

Doyle, a 22-year-old left back, played in the national premiership for Auckland City and Team Wellington before signing for the Phoenix.

He said his All Whites callup was the latest highlight in a whirlwind month.

"It's pretty much my dream come true," Doyle said.

"I had a dream to become a professional footballer and also a great passion to represent my country at the highest level.

"My life has changed in four months from being a university student to playing professionally to now representing my country."

Doyle, who signed for the Phoenix this month, sees the trip to Doha and Tashkent as the perfect chance to add to his rapidly growing reputation of being among the country's best players.

"I want to play at the highest possible level and push myself and play with and against the best players I can so I can push forward and play even better football and develop my game," he said.

Doyle and the other New Zealand-based members of the All Whites squad will leave on Sunday for their training camp at the Aspire Academy in Doha.

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