30 May 2013

New Zealand 'A' named to face Jordan

10:13 am on 30 May 2013

The All Whites assistant coach Neil Emblen has confirmed his New Zealand 'A' squad that will face Jordan at North Harbour Stadium next Tuesday.

Although blessed with over 150 'A' international caps throughout the 16 man squad Emblen is under no illusions about the quality of the opposition for the match.

He says Jordan has played 20 full internationals since January last year and beaten Japan and Australia along the way and are on the verge of qualifying for Brazil.

Seven of the squad played for the All Whites in the final FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Solomon Islands and the experience levels are boosted by 86-cap veteran Ivan Vicelich.

The New Zealand 'A' concept provides a stage for several players to force their way into Ricki Herbert's thinking, as a number of established All Whites are given time off before a heavy schedule leading into the intercontinental playoff in November.

Louis Fenton is one of four Junior All Whites named in the squad and will depart for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey next week.