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New Zealand coach names Intercontinental Play-off squad

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All Whites coach Anthony Hudson has named his squad for the FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Playoff against Peru in November.

Skipper Winston Reid (calf) and striker Chris Wood (hamstring) have recovered from their respective injuries to be named in the 23-man squad to face the World No 10 home and away for a place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Experienced defender Tommy Smith has also overcome injury and is named for the first time in a squad alongside Reid, Wood and Ryan Thomas as New Zealand looks to make history by becoming the third team to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

The All Whites will face Peru on Saturday 11 November at Westpac Stadium in Wellington before travelling to Lima for the away leg on Wednesday 15 November at Estadio Nacional de Lima.

Hudson feels like he has named a squad that has plenty of quality and experience and will be ready for the challenge of the fifth-ranked South American side.

“The goal for our squad is simple, we need to deliver the best performance of our campaign and if we do that then we have a good chance of qualifying for the World Cup,” said Hudson.

All Whites (Club, Country, Caps, Goals)

Goalkeepers
Stefan MARINOVIC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Canada 22, 0
Max CROCOMBE, Salford City FC, England 0, 0
Glen MOSS, Newcastle Jets FC, Australia 29, 0

Defenders
Michael BOXALL, Minnesota United FC, USA 29, 0
Kip COLVEY, San Jose Earthquakes FC, USA 13, 0
Andrew DURANTE, Wellington Phoenix FC, New Zealand 22, 0
Dane INGHAM, Brisbane Roar FC, Australia 5, 0
Winston REID, West Ham United FC, England 22, 1
Storm ROUX, Central Coast Mariners FC Australia 9, 0
Tommy SMITH, Ipswich Town FC, England 35, 2
Themi TZIMOPOULOS, PAS Giannina FC, Greece 14, 1
Deklan WYNNE, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Canada 13, 0

Midfielders
Clayton LEWIS, Scunthorpe United FC, England 11, 0
Michael McGLINCHEY, Wellington Phoenix FC, New Zealand 50, 5
Marco ROJAS, SC Heerenveen FC, Netherlands 38, 5
Ryan THOMAS, PEC Zwolle FC, Netherlands 16, 3
Bill TUILOMA, Portland Timbers FC, USA 22, 0

Forwards
Kosta BARBAROUSES, Melbourne Victory FC, Australia 45, 4
Jeremy BROCKIE, Supersport United FC, South Africa 49, 1
Rory FALLON, Dorchester Town FC, England 24, 6
Monty PATTERSON, Ipswich Town FC, England 15, 1
Shane SMELTZ, Borneo FC, Indonesia 58, 24
Chris WOOD, Burnley FC, England 54, 24

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