All Whites Head Coach Fritz Schmid has named a young and exciting squad to contest The HERO Intercontinental Cup in India next month.
The 23-man squad will compete against hosts India, Kenya and Chinese Taipei in the tournament staged at the Mumbai Football Arena from 1 – 10 June.
Schmid, who was named as the new Head Coach of the All Whites in March, said the tournament is an excellent opportunity for his team in the early stages of their rebuilding towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The squad includes six uncapped players in goalkeepers Michael Woud and Nik Tzanez, defenders Nikko Boxall, Justin Gulley and Liberato Cacace and forward Noah Billingsley.
Six players who were in the squad selected by Schmid for the 1-0 loss to Canada in March – Michael McGlinchey, Marco Rojas, Michael Boxall, Jeremy Brockie, Ryan Thomas and Themi Tzimopoulos – were unavailable for this tour.
New Zealand will open The HERO Intercontinental Cup on 2 June against World No 111 Kenya, they will play World No 121 Chinese Taipei three days later and finish their pool games against World No 97 India. The two top ranked sides from the six games will compete in the final on 10 June.
The Intercontinental Cup was first held in a tri-series format in 2017 (then known as Hero Tri-Nation Series). India were crowned the champions of the tournament after they finished top of the table with a win over Mauritius and a draw with St. Kitts and Nevis. It is the first event with the revised format.
New Zealand Football is pleased to confirm Roger Spry as the newest member of the All Whites coaching team. Spry has been named as an Assistant Coach alongside Des Buckingham and José Figueira. All Whites Head Coach Fritz Schmid said Spry will add a huge amount to the All Whites environment.
All Whites squad for Intercontinental Cup (Club, Country, Caps, Goals)
GoalkeepersMax Crocombe (Salford City, ENG) 1, 0Michael Woud (Sunderland, ENG) 0, 0Nik Tzanev (AFC Wimbledon, ENG 0, 0
DefendersNikko Boxall (Viborg FF, DEN) 0, 0Adam Mitchell (Bolton Wanderers, ENG) 1, 0Sam Brotherton (Sunderland, ENG) 10, 0Thomas Doyle (Wellington Phoenix) 9, 0Dane Ingham (Brisbane Roar, AUS) 7, 0Te Atawhai Hudson Wihongi (Onehunga Sports) 5, 0Justin Gulley (Stop Out) 0, 0 Liberato Cacace (Wellington Phoenix) 0, 0
MidfieldersMatt Ridenton (Newcastle Jets, AUS) 3, 0Sarpreet Singh (Wellington Phoenix) 1, 0Henry Cameron (Limerick, IRL) 2, 0Cameron Howieson (Three Kings United) 10, 0Clayton Lewis (Scunthorpe United, ENG) 14, 0Tim Payne (Eastern Suburbs) 15, 2Alex Rufer (Wellington Phoenix) 5, 0Andre De Jong (Hakoah, AUS) 1, 0Moses Dyer (Manukau United) 10, 0Jai Ingham (Melbourne Victory, AUS) 1, 0
ForwardsNoah Billingsley (Santa Barbara University, USA) 0, 0 Myer Bevan (Husqvarna FF, SWE) 3, 1
Standby:Cameron BrownNiko KirwanJack Henry SinclairOwen Parker PriceCallum McCowattMonty PattersonJake PorterJames McGarryLogan Rogerson
Support StaffFritz Schmid – Head CoachDes Buckingham – Assistant CoachJose Figueira – Assistant CoachRoger Spry – Assistant CoachMark Oates – Goalkeeping CoachTom Reynolds – DoctorFacundo Ramirez – Strength and ConditioningDong-Hyun Roh – AnalystSeamus Marten – ManagerRoland Jeffrey – Lead PhysiotherapistAdam Crump – PhysiotherapistChris Wardle – Kit ManagerPeter Thornton – Media Manager
Fixtures (all games kick off at 8pm local time, 2:30am NZT)
1 June India v Chinese Taipei2 June Kenya v New Zealand4 June India v Kenya5 June Chinese Taipei v New Zealand7 June India v New Zealand8 June Chinese Taipei v Kenya10 June FINAL