Paul Ifill to represent Phoenix in All-Star game

SAM WORTHINGTON
Last updated 15:14 04/07/2013
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ALL STAR: Paul Ifill will represent the Phoenix in the A-League All Star side.

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Paul Ifill is set to represent the Wellington Phoenix in the A-League All Stars team to play Manchester United in Sydney on July 20.

The striker has not yet officially been named in the team but it is understood the 33-year-old has been told to get his boots ready for the match at ANZ Stadium.

After a stellar 2012-13 season, team-mate Jeremy Brockie would have been odds on to represent the Phoenix but he is on loan at Ryan Nelsen's Toronto FC.

The high profile exhibition game has suffered a series of setbacks, with Sydney FC superstar Alessandro Del Piero and Western Sydney Wanderers marquee Shinji Ono not available.

All Whites star Marco Rojas would have been a shoo-in but the former Melbourne Victory man is in Germany with new club VfB Stuttgart.

New Zealand will be represented by Central Coast Mariners midfielder Michael McGlinchey.

Thomas Broich (Brisbane Roar), Brett Emerton (Sydney) and Nikolai Topor-Stanley (Wanderers) were the first three confirmed players, while the team will be coached by Victory mentor Ange Postecoglou.

Fans have cast votes for their favourite players and Postecoglou will name his final squad on July 13 ahead of a week-long training camp.

Ifill will be in good shape, having lost 7kg in the early days of the Phoenix pre-season.

It will be new Man U manager David Moyes' second game in charge of the Red Devil since taking over from the retired Alex Ferguson.

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