All Whites team for Cup warm-up named

Last updated 15:22 09/02/2010

Relevant offers

Football

Argentina star Carlos Tevez's father kidnapped Liverpool sign Belgian World Cup star Divock Origi Thai football refs swear a fixing oath to Buddha David Moyes linked with West Ham job Kevin Fallon leaves school coaching gig All Whites target quits as Bahrain manager German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer enjoys break New Phoenix recruit is ready for NZ adventure West Ham manager Sam Allardyce facing sack 'Cheer up’ coach tells despondent Winston Reid

All White football coach Ricki Herbert today named his strongest possible side for the World Cup warm-up match against Mexico in Los Angeles next month.

Among the inclusions in the 17-strong squad is Plymouth Argyle striker Rory Fallon, who was involved in club-versus-country tug-of-war over his availability for the fixture on March 3.

Missing are two players who took part in the home-and-away tie against Bahrain that clinched qualification for South Africa - defender Ivan Vicelich and goalkeeper Mark Paston.

Vicelich is suspended for one friendly after picking up a red card against Jordan in September, while Paston is coming back from injury.

Goalkeeper Glen Moss returns from suspension, while newcomers Tommy Smith and Olympic Games standout Craig Henderson are given chances to push for a place in Herbert's final 23 for South Africa.

The match against fellow World Cup-bound Mexico is New Zealand's first since they got past Bahrain in November.

NEW ZEALAND SQUAD TO FACE MEXICO (club, caps/goals in brackets)

Goalkeepers

Glen MOSS (Melbourne Victory, Australia - 15/0)

James BANNATYNE (Team Wellington - 5/0)

Defenders

Tony LOCHHEAD (Wellington Phoenix - 29/0)

Ryan NELSEN (Blackburn Rovers, England / Captain - 41/9)

Andrew BOYENS (New York Red Bulls, USA - 15/0)

Ben SIGMUND (Wellington Phoenix - 12/1)

Tommy SMITH (Brentford, England - 0/0)

Midfielders

Andy BARRON (Team Wellington - 13/1)

Leo BERTOS (Wellington Phoenix - 30/0)

Tim BROWN (Wellington Phoenix - 27/0)

Simon ELLIOTT (San Jose Earthquakes, USA - 69/8)

Michael McGLINCHEY (Motherwell, Scotland - 3/0)

Craig HENDERSON (Mjällby AIF, Sweden – 0/0)

Forwards

Shane SMELTZ (Gold Coast United, Australia – 32/17)

Rory FALLON (Plymouth Argyle, England – 3/2)

Chris KILLEN (Middlesbrough, England – 35/17)

Chris WOOD (West Bromwich Albion, England – 5/0)

Ad Feedback

- NZPA

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who was the best player at the World Cup?

Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Mario Goetze (Germany)

James Rodriguez (Colombia)

Neymar (Brazil)

Arjen Robben (Netherlands)

Manuel Neuer (Germany)

Toni Kroos (Germany)

Angel di Maria (Argentina)

Miroslav Klose (Germany)

Mesut Ozil (Germany)

Sami Khedira (Germany)

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content