Herbert rings changes, Durante into squad

Last updated 14:51 23/03/2013
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READY TO GO: Andrew Durante should make his All Whites debut against the Solomon Islands.

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Andrew Durante has been named in Ricki Herbert's All Whites squad for the final World Cup qualifier with Solomon Islands on Tuesday.

Herbert has followed through with his promise and made sweeping changes to the squad that will travel to Honiara.

Durante was not included in the match day squad last night but is likely to see some time on the pitch against the Solomons.

New Zealand's 2-1 win over New Caledonia in Dunedin last night has reduced the match to a dead rubber with the All Whites clinching Oceania's spot in the intercontinental playoff.

Aaron Clapham, Cameron Lindsay, Luke Rowe and Aaron Scott come into the New Zealand side while Ben Sigmund returns from suspension.

New All Whites captain Winston Reid, Chris Killen Michael McGlinchey, Marco Rojas, Shane Smeltz, Tommy Smith, Ivan Vicelich and Chris Wood are all released from the squad.

"Now the job is done we have an opportunity to replace our injured players and better handle the yellow card situation," said Herbert.

"We also have a responsibility to manage the workload of our players at this busy time of year with a view to the November playoff matches."

Clapham, Rowe and Scott are selected off the back of impressive seasons in the national league for Canterbury United, Team Wellington and Waitakere United respectively.

Clapham was part of last year's OFC Nations Cup squad, while Rowe played a match for the Wellington Phoenix as injury cover late last year.  Scott was part of the 2010 campaign but was not selected for the World Cup in South Africa.

Lindsay is selected with an eye to the future after playing for New Zealand at every age group. The versatile midfielder currently plies his trade with the Wellington Phoenix after spending much of his teenage years at Blackburn Rovers.

Smeltz's facial laceration received in the closing stages of the New Caledonia match required 18 stitches, while Herbert had previously lost Tony Lochhead and Glen Moss through injury in the lead up to last night's match.

The Solomon Islands are yet to play their penultimate fixture against Tahiti in Papeete with that match scheduled for tonight before travelling across the Pacific Ocean in time for the match.

The All Whites travel to Brisbane tomorrow afternoon before continuing to Honiara on Monday.  The match with the Solomon Islands kicks off at 5pm (NZT) on Tuesday.

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New Zealand: Mark Paston (GK), Aaron Scott, Ben Sigmund, Leo Bertos, Luke Rowe, Jacob Spoonley (GK), Dan Keat, Ian Hogg, Cameron Lindsay, Jeremy Brockie, Kosta Barbarouses, Tim Payne, Aaron Clapham, Andrew Durante.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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