19 Oct 2012

Big Sam takes a swing at New Zealand Football

6:18 pm on 19 October 2012

The West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has criticised New Zealand Football after All Whites defender Winston Reid was called up for their recent internationals with Tahiti.

Reid made the 24-hour journey from England despite being unlikely to play as he had a back injury he sustained earlier this month and that proved the case as he missed both matches.

The centre-back is in doubt for West Ham's Premier League game against Southampton this weekend and Allardyce insists New Zealand officials were wrong to make Reid travel when he was already injured.

Allardyce says he believes there was an underlining factor that they didn't trust him or us that he was injured.

He says on one hand he's all for international football but it doesn't make any sense to take them because they can't play.