Marseille player in ‘All Whites’ squad
New Zealand head coach Ricki Herbert announced his squad yesterday for next Tuesday’s showdown with Trinidad and Tobago at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
Herbert has included uncapped Olympique de Marseille teenager Bill Tuiloma. The versatile former Birkenhead United and Waitakere United player--who has been turning out in the UEFA Youth League this season--has already represented New Zealand at U-17 and U-20 World Cups and may now force his way into the frame to help the All Whites reach the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
“Bill is a talented young player we’ve been tracking for a while and we think the time is right to bring him into the environment and see if he can make another step up,” said Herbert. “We have almost a full week in camp which is more than we’ve had for a single international since probably the away leg against Bahrain. The tour gives us a real chance to work through options for November, try a few things away from the spotlight, then ramp things up for the match against Trinidad and Tobago.
“Who knows what will happen between now and November? This group of players could be in contention for the intercontinental playoff, we have a few [players] out with injuries for this tour and it could be the same in a month. We’re missing a number of players but the upside is that we bring in a group of players desperate to pull on the shirt and help New Zealand get to a World Cup. They now have that chance.”
Scotland-based Rory Fallon, whose goal took the “All Whites” to South Africa, is back in the mix since last representing New Zealand in the Solomon Islands last year, while Auckland City custodian Tamati Williams earns a recall to the national team for the first time since 2004 when he was an unused substitute throughout an ill-fated Oceania Nations Cup campaign in Australia.
Chris Killen’s Achilles surgery rules him out of the October window and potentially beyond, but Shane Smeltz (hip), Chris Wood (hamstring), Marco Rojas (foot) and Tim Payne (ankle) are all expected to be fit again for the intercontinental playoff against Panama, Mexico, Honduras or Jamaica.
Following communication to New Zealand Football from FIFA, New Zealand Football has imposed a one-match ban on Ben Sigmund for his red card against UAE last month, and he has not been considered for inclusion in the squad for the T&T game.
Ipswich Town player Tommy Smith, St Johnstone forward Rory Rallon, West Ham United defender and New Zealand captain Winston Reid and Burnley midfielder Cam Howieson are all included in the squad for the October 15 showdown.
New Zealand squad for October window
(Club – caps/goals)
Glen MOSS (Wellington Phoenix –23/0)
Tamati WILLIAMS (Auckland City – 0/0)
Andrew DURANTE (Wellington Phoenix –3/0)
Tony LOCHHEAD (Unattached –45/1)
Winston REID (Captain / West Ham United, ENG– 16/1)
Tommy SMITH (Ipswich Town, ENG–24/2)
Aaron SCOTT (WaiBOP United – 5/0)
Bill TUILOMA (Olympique de Marseille, FRA – 0/0)
Ivan VICELICH (Auckland City – 87/6)
Leo BERTOS (Wellington Phoenix – 54/0)
Jake BUTLER (Waitakere United –1/0)
Aaron CLAPHAM (Canterbury United – 12/0)
Jeremy CHRISTIE (Unattached – 26/1)
Craig HENDERSON (Mjällby AIF, SWE – 0/0)
Cam HOWIESON (Burnley, ENG – 6/0)
Dan KEAT (Falkenbergs FF, SWE – 4/0)
Michael MCGLINCHEY (Central Coast Mariners, AUS – 22/3)
Cole PEVERLEY (Team Wellington – 1/0)
Kosta BARBAROUSES (Melbourne Victory, AUS – 21/2)
Kris BRIGHT (IFK Mariehamn, FIN – 5/1)
Jeremy BROCKIE (Wellington Phoenix – 39/0)
Rory FALLON (St Johnstone, SCO – 14/3)