24 Feb 2010

Old comes into All Whites for Nelsen

7:13 pm on 24 February 2010

The defender Steven Old has been called to replace the injured All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen in the side's first football World Cup warm-up match against Mexico next week.

Nelsen faces four to six weeks on the sidelines after he hyper-extended his knee in Blackburn's 3-0 English Premiership win over Bolton on the weekend.

The All Whites coach Ricki Herbert says Old was the logical choice to provide cover for a defence missing Nelsen and the suspended Ivan Vicelich.

New Zealand will meet Mexico at Pasadena in the United States next Thursday.