All Whites captain Winston Reid will retire from international football after his side’s game against Australia’s Socceroos at Auckland’s Eden Park.
The 34-year-old veteran of three New Zealand World Cup campaigns says he’s pleased to be able to finish his international career in the city of his birth.
Announcing his decision on New Zealand Football’s website, Reid said:
“It is great to have the opportunity to play my final international game in Auckland. It’s going to be nice to come home to the city I grew up in where I first started playing football.
“There’s so many memories that it’s hard to single one out.
“The World Cup was special for me because I was very young and playing and scoring in it was amazing.
“It’s something I’ll always be thankful for and grateful for. But I’ve been fortunate enough to have a long career, for both club and country, and captaining the national team has been an honour.”
Reid’s special moment
New Zealand head coach Danny Hay said:
“Winnie is a true legend of New Zealand football who paved the way for future players, along with other legends like Ryan Nelsen, showing that a Kiwi kid could do it at the highest level of the game.
“I’ve really appreciated our time together since I’ve been All Whites head coach. The mana he holds within this group of players in inspiring and I know he is someone the squad have hugely benefited from being around on and off the pitch.”
Game to be played on Sunday September 25, 2022
New Zealand v Australia
Eden Park, Auckland, 4pm