New Zealand to field World Cup XI for Australia friendly

19th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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If you are looking to bet on the World Cup then New Zealand probably aren’t at the top of the list. Right now the Kiwis are gearing up for the first of their three remaining international friendly matches ahead of their participation in their second World Cup. May 24th sees the clash of Australia v New Zealand, and the All Whites have announced that they will be at full strength for this World Cup warm up match for both sides. The Kiwis are carrying seven European based players at the moment, having named their 23 man World Cup squad already. Captaining the squad is Ryan Nelsen who plays with Blackburn Rovers in the Barclays Premier League, as New Zealand step back on to the football world stage for the first time since 1982. One of the surprise inclusions is that of Winston Reid who has switched allegiance from Denmark, and because of that, the New Zealand boss has not even seen him in live action.

The entire New Zealand squad does not really contain any surprises based on the players that took the All Whites to the World Cup itself through qualification. All 18 players who were used through qualification were guaranteed their place in the World Cup squad, as part of a promise made by the coach Ricki Herbert, with one exception as Aaron Scott was left out of the final 23. Coach Herbert played in New Zealand’s only previous World Cup back in Spain 82, and has gotten the squad together for their friendly against neighbours Australia on Monday. Even the Best bookmakers for betting on the world cup don’t fancy New Zealand to do much, but that could mean some long odds on individual match betting if you fancy picking up an outsider upset during the group stages. The international friendly is being held in Melbourne, as both sides start to finalise their preparations for South Africa 2010, and then New Zealand follows in England’s steps by heading to a training camp in Austria

New Zealand find themselves in a tough group along with defending champions Italy, Slovakia and Paraguay. First the All Whites play the Socceroos and will be looking for an improvement after their last international friendly which ended in a 2-0 defeat by Mexico. Herbert will put out his strongest side against Australia, which may very well include the uncapped youngster Reid, who has played for the Danish under 20’s. The last time the two sides met, the Socceroos won 1-0, and there is a vast difference in the two sides, with Australia ranked in the top 20, while New Zealand are down in the seventies. This should be a very interesting antipodean clash to keep an eye on to check the progress of both teams ahead of their respective World Cup Fixtures.

Goalkeepers: James Bannatyne, Glen Moss, Mark Paston
Defenders: Andy Boyens, Tony Lochhead, Ryan Nelsen, Winston Reid, Ben Sigmund, Tommy Smith, Ivan Vicelich
Midfielders: Andy Barron, Leo Bertos, Tim Brown, Jeremy Christie, Aaron Clapham, Simon Elliott, Michael McGlinchey, David Mulligan
Strikers: Jeremy Brockie, Rory Fallon, Chris Killen, Shane Smeltz, Chris Wood



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