Uncapped duo in new All Whites squad
All Whites coach Ricki Herbert will take a 23-man squad for New Zealand's football friendlies against Mexico and Australia next month, citing the quick turnaround for the size of the tour party.
The All Whites play Mexico at altitude in Denver on June 1 (June 2 NZT), before heading to Adelaide to face Australia on June 5.
The squad named today is the same in number as the one Herbert had at the World Cup finals in South Africa last year.
"Primarily, the depth of the squad is around the closeness of the games," Herbert said.
"It's going to be difficult to back everybody up, having to jump on a plane the next day."
Included are the uncapped pair of goalkeeper Jake Gleeson and forward Craig Henderson, who have both been called up for international duty before without getting on the field because of outside circumstances.
Gleeson, 20, was picked as back up to Glen Moss for the friendly against China in March, but was released to help his Major League Soccer club, Portland Timbers, through an injury crisis.
Herbert said Gleeson was likely to get some game time over the course of the upcoming two matches.
Henderson, who is with Swedish club Mjallby, was chosen for the pre-World Cup friendly against Mexico last year, but a ruptured cruciate ligament ruled him out of the trip.
Herbert said Henderson, 23, was an emerging talent and someone he would have definitely taken to South Africa, and it would be good to introduce him into the All Whites environment.
"He's not had a lot of football, but the most important thing is that we can get him in there and start working with him."
Ryan Nelsen, Rory Fallon, Leo Bertos and Jeremy Christie are all unavailable because of injury but Tim Brown, Ben Sigmund, Winston Reid, Mark Paston and Simon Elliott are fit again after missing the 1-1 draw with China.
With Nelsen out with a knee problem, Brown's return means he is likely to take the captain's armband, with Vicelich, who was the skipper against the Chinese, Brown's deputy.
While Paston is included, Herbert said the World Cup keeper wouldn't be rushed into action.
Paston hasn't played since suffering a knee injury during Wellington's A-League loss to Gold Coast United in December.
"He's back training in a general sense," Herbert said.
"We just have to be careful with that, but he's back."
The 13 Australia and New Zealand-based players in the squad assemble in Auckland next Tuesday and have a hit-out against a Waitakere United invitational 11 the following day as part of a five-day camp.
Herbert said it was likely that the starting 11 selected for that match would get the full 90 minutes on the park, while the bench would probably be augmented with some local players.
"If we need them, we need them, if we don't we don't," he said.
"I won't be in a rush to take players off the pitch. We would try to give them as much time as we can."
The 13 Australasian-based players will assemble in Auckland on May 24 for a five day training camp that features a hit out against a Waitakere United Invitational XI on May 25.
All Whites squad for June Internationals (Club - caps/ goals)
Includes 'A' Internationals only
Jake GLEESON (Portland Timbers, USA - 0/0)
Glen MOSS (Gold Coast United, AUS - 17/0)
Mark PASTON (Wellington Phoenix - 28/0)
Andrew BOYENS (Chivas USA, USA - 17/0)
Michael BOXALL (Vancouver Whitecaps, CAN - 1/0)
Michael FITZGERALD (Albirex Niigata, JPN - 1/0)
Tony LOCHHEAD (Wellington Phoenix - 34/0)
Winston REID (West Ham, ENG - 8/1)
Ben SIGMUND (Wellington Phoenix - 16/1)
Tommy SMITH (Ipswich Town, ENG - 8/0)
Ivan VICELICH (Auckland City - 72/7)
Jeremy BROCKIE (Newcastle Jets, AUS - 22/0)
Tim BROWN (Wellington Phoenix - 27/0)
Aaron CLAPHAM (Canterbury United - 3/0)
Simon ELLIOTT (Chivas USA, USA - 68/8)
David MULLIGAN (Auckland City - 26/3)
Michael McGLINCHEY (Central Coast Mariners, AUS - 8/1)
Marco ROJAS (Melbourne Victory, AUS - 1/0)
Kosta BARBAROUSES (Brisbane Roar, AUS - 2/0)
Craig HENDERSON (Mjallby, SWE - 0/0)
Chris KILLEN (Shenzhen Ruby, CHN - 37/18)
Shane SMELTZ (Perth Glory, AUS - 35/18)
Chris WOOD (West Bromwich Albion, ENG - 15/1)
Non travelling reserves
Kris Bright (Budapest Honvéd, HUN)
Cole Peverley (Charleston Battery, USA)
Luke Rowe (Birmingham City, ENG)
Not considered because of injury
Leo Bertos (Wellington Phoenix)
Jeremy Christie (Tampa Bay, USA)
Rory Fallon (Plymouth Argyle, ENG)
Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn Rovers, ENG)
Head Coach: Ricki Herbert
Project Manager: Brian Turner
Goalkeeper Coach: Clint Gosling
Technical Support: Neil Emblen
Technical Adviser: Raul Blanco
Physiotherapist: Roland Jeffery
Massage Therapist: Tawhai Whitewood
Massage Therapist: Wade Irvine
Sport Scientist: Kenny McMillan
Doctor: Mark Fulcher
Media Officer: Jamie Scott
All Whites domestic camp
NZ Selection v Waitakere United Invitational XI
May 25, 7.30pm
Trusts Stadium, Henderson
Admission: $10 Adults, Kids aged 15 or under free.
Mexico v New Zealand
INVESCO Field at Mile High
8pm, June 1, 2011 (2pm, June 2 NZT)
Australia v New Zealand
5pm, June 5, 2011 (7.30pm NZT)