10 Feb 2012

Strong All Whites squad named to play Jamaica

3:39 pm on 10 February 2012

The All Whites coach Ricki Herbert has been able to name all the overseas players he wanted in his 18-man squad to take on Jamaica in a football friendly in Auckland later this month.

The strenght of the squad means there is no room for World Cup squad members Rory Fallon, Andy Boyens, Jeremy Christie, Aaron Clapham or David Mulligan.

Led by new Tottenham signing Ryan Nelsen, the squad is bookended by uncapped Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Dan Keat and 73 cap veteran defender Ivan Vicelich.

The All Whites World Cup defensive trio - Nelsen, Tommy Smith and Winston Reid - could be reunited for the first time since South Africa although the form of Wellington Phoenix defender Ben Sigmund will give Herbert food for thought.

Glen Moss, who is recovering from a torn adductor, is one of two players not considered through injury - along with Simon Elliott (hernia) - so recent debutant Jake Gleeson joins Mark Paston as the second goalkeeper.

The attacking stocks include established pair Chris Killen and Shane Smeltz but there is room for in-form Bristol City marksman Chris Wood and Russian-based Kosta Barbarouses.

Herbert says he doesn't think a New Zealand coach has ever named a team where so many overseas pros have been left out and it has certainly been a hard squad to whittle down to just 18 players.

The match is at Mt Smart Stadium on February 29th.

All Whites squad to face Jamaica (Club - caps/ goals)

Includes 'A' Internationals only


Jake GLEESON (Portland Timbers, USA - 1/0)

Mark PASTON (Wellington Phoenix - 28/0)


Tony LOCHHEAD (Wellington Phoenix - 34/0)

Ryan NELSEN (captain, Tottenham Hotspur , ENG - 45/6)

Winston REID (West Ham, ENG - 9/1)

Ben SIGMUND (Wellington Phoenix - 18/1)

Tommy SMITH (Ipswich Town, ENG - 8/0)

Ivan VICELICH (Auckland City - 73/6)


Leo BERTOS (Wellington Phoenix - 39/0)

Jeremy BROCKIE (Newcastle Jets, AUS - 24/0)

Tim BROWN (Wellington Phoenix - 29/0)

Dan KEAT (Los Angeles Galaxy, USA - 0/0)

Michael MCGLINCHEY (Central Coast Mariners, AUS - 10/1)

Marco ROJAS (Melbourne Victory, AUS - 2/0)


Kosta BARBAROUSES (Brisbane Roar, AUS - 4/0)

Chris KILLEN (Shenzhen Ruby, CHN - 39/11)

Shane SMELTZ (Perth Glory, AUS - 37/17)

Chris WOOD (Bristol City, ENG - 17/1)