Two news caps are among the 24 players chosen for New Zealand’s two-match series against Australia in late September.
Wellington Phoenix goalkeeper Alex Paulsen and San Diego Loyal defender Kyle Adams have been named in the All Whites squad for the games in Brisbane and at Auckland’s Eden Park.
The squad includes top All Whites players Chris Wood (68 caps), Winston Reid (32 caps), Michael Boxall (38 caps) and Bill Tuilama (34 caps).
Main photo: Coach Danny Hay … named two new caps for his squad.
Head coach Danny Hay told the NZ Football site:
“The players are absolutely buzzing for this. It has been so long since we played at home. The majority of the squad have never represented the All Whites in New Zealand so this is going to be a proud moment for everyone.
“We are all still gutted about the intercontinental play-off result and missing out on the FIFA World Cup, but these games, with Australia qualified, gives us the perfect opportunity to prove we belong at this level.”
The All Whites squad
Kyle Adams* (0 caps) San Diego Loyal, USA
Joe Bell (10 caps) Brøndby IF, Denmark
Michael Boxall (38 caps) Minnesota United, USA
Liberato Cacace (10 caps) FC Empoli, Italy
Andre De Jong (9 caps) Royal AM, South Africa
Matt Garbett (10 caps) Torino, Italy
Alex Greive (6 caps) St Mirren, Scotland
Cam Howieson (15 caps) Auckland City, New Zealand
Dane Ingham (11 caps) Newcastle Jets, Australia
Elijah Just (11 caps) AC Horsens, Denmark
Callum McCowatt (9 caps) FC Helsingør, Denmark
Ben Old (1 cap) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Alex Paulsen* (0 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Tim Payne (28 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Nando Pijnaker (9 caps) Sligo Rovers, Ireland
Winston Reid (32 caps) Unattached
Storm Roux (10 caps) Central Coast Mariners, Australia
Oli Sail (4 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Marko Stamenic (9 caps) FC Copenhagen, Denmark
Bill Tuiloma (34 caps) Portland Timbers, USA
Ben Waine (5 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Chris Wood (68 caps) Newcastle United, England
Michael Woud (4 caps) Kyoto Sanga, Japan
Deklan Wynne (14 caps) Detroit City FC, USA
*Debut senior call-up
Francis de Vries, Niko Kirwan and Clayton Lewis are all unavailable through injury.
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Australia v All Whites
Thursday 22 September 22, 2022 (10pm NZT)
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
All Whites v Australia
Sunday September 25, 2022 (4pm NZT)
Eden Park, Auckland
The two games mark 100 years since New Zealand and Australia played the first ‘A’ international match in Dunedin.
On June 17, 1922, New Zealand won the game 3-1 in front of 8,000 spectators at Carisbrook
On June 7, 1923, the first ‘A’ international Socceroos’ match on home soil was contested at the Brisbane Cricket Ground before 7,000 supporters, which Australia won 2-1.