All Whites interim head coach Darren Bazeley says there’ll be changes — “but not wholesale changes” — in the line-up to face Qatar in Tuesday’s friendly international in Austria.
Bazeley said a couple of players were “a little bit sore” after Saturday’s game against Sweden but he expected to have a full squad available for the Qatar game.
Of his travelling squad, only four outfield players — Francis De Vries, Tommy Smith, Alex Rufer and uncapped Finn Surman — did not get game time against Sweden.
‘We definitely want the players to be brave’
Speaking to a media briefing, Bazeley said in the lead-up to the Sweden game, the team had expressed a desire to be brave in the way they approached their games.
“When it comes off, it looks really good, and when there are mistakes it hurts us against a very effective team in that moment,” Bazeley said, referring to the way the side conceded goals to Sweden in the 4-1 loss.
“There will be mistakes made but hopefully they don’t always end up in the back of our net.
“We definitely want the players to be brave but learn from those moments where we’re under pressure in certain areas of the pitch then maybe it’s not the time to play certain passes.”
Bazeley said the team expected Qatar to be quite different in approach to Sweden but the All Whites would look to be consistent in the way they played the game, and continue to be brave.
Cacace: ‘We want to create’
New Zealand left back Liberato Cacace said until the All Whites conceded three goals just before half-time, the team had performed well.
“If you look before that, we were trying to be brave.
“That’s what we want to be. We want to try things and be attacking and create things in certain situations.”
Qatar are ranked #61 in the world, while New Zealand’s All Whites have a ranking of #100.
Watch the briefing
Game to be played on Tuesday June 20, 2023
Qatar v All Whites
Sonnensee Stadium, Ritzing, 4am (NZT)
How to watch
The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sport 1 in New Zealand. The broadcast starts at 3.50am.
The match will be replayed in full on Sky Sport 1 at 9.30am, and on Sky Sport 2 at 8.30pm.
Jassim Al-Hail (Al-Arabi)
Mishaal Barshim (Al-Sadd)
Salah Zakaria (Al-Duhail)
Youssef Hassan (Al-Gharrafa)
Hazem Ahmed (Al-Wakra)
Ahmed Suhail (Al-Arabi)
Jassim Jaber (Al-Arabi)
Tariq Salman (Al-Sadd)
Musab Khader (Al-Sadd)
Bassam Al-Rawi (Al-Duhail)
Muhammad Al-Nuaimi (Al-Duhail)
Youssef Ayman (Al-Duhail)
Hammam Al-Amin (Al-Gharrafa)
Ahmed Fathi (Al-Arabi)
Abdullah Al-Maarafi (Al-Arabi)
Asim Madabo (Al-Duhail)
Ali Asad (Al-Sadd)
Muhammad Waad (Al-Sadd)
Mustafa Meshaal (Al-Shamal)
Ahmed Alaa (Al-Gharafa)
Al-Moez Ali (Al-Duhail)
Muhammad Muntari (Al-Duhail)
Tamim Mansour (Al-Rayyan)
Khaled Mounir (Al-Wakra)
Youssef Abdel-Razzaq (Al-Wakra)
Max Crocombe (2 caps) Grimsby Town (till June 30), England
Oli Sail (9 caps) Perth Glory, Australia
Nik Tzanev (1 cap) AFC Wimbledon, England
Michael Boxall (43 caps) Minnesota United, USA
Liberato Cacace (15 caps) Empoli FC, Italy
Francis De Vries (6 caps) Eastern Suburbs, New Zealand
Callan Elliot (3 caps) unattached, New Zealand
Tim Payne (33 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Nando Pijnaker (12 caps) Sligo Rovers, Ireland
Tommy Smith (50 caps) Colchester United, England
Finn Surman* (0 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Bill Tuiloma (37 caps) Charlotte FC, USA
Joe Bell (14 caps) Brondby FC, Denmark
Matthew Garbett (15 caps) NAC Breda, Netherlands
Clayton Lewis (24 caps) Macarthur FC, Australia
Callum McCowatt (12 caps) FC Helsingor, Denmark
Marco Rojas (45 caps) Colo Colo, Chile
Alex Rufer (8 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Marko Stamenic (14 caps) FC Copenhagen, Denmark
Alex Greive (10 caps) St Mirren, Scotland
Eli Just (16 caps) AC Horsens, Denmark
Max Mata (4 caps) Sligo Rovers, Ireland
Ben Waine (8 caps) Plymouth Argyle, England
Head coach (interim)