Recalls and newcomers feature in All Whites squad named for October games

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All Whites head coach Darren Bazeley has named his first squad since taking the role on a permanent basis, with two players called up for their senior international debuts.

Bazeley’s squad sees Fulham midfielder Matthew Dibley-Dias (19) and Reading defender Tyler Bindon (18) named for the first time.

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The pair are joined by Joe Champness, Niko Kirwan, James McGarry, Sarpreet Singh, Chris Wood and Michael Woud who all return after not being part of the squad for the June international window.

New Zealand squad

Max Crocombe (2 caps) Burton Albion FC, England
Michael Woud (4 caps) Ventforet Kofu, Japan
Nik Tzanev (1 cap) AFC Wimbledon, England

Bill Tuiloma (37 caps) Charlotte FC, United States
James McGarry (1 cap) Aberdeen FC, Scotland
Liberato Cacace (15 caps) Empoli FC, Italy
Michael Boxall (43 caps) Minnesota United, United States
Nando Pijnaker (12 caps) Sligo Rovers, Ireland
Niko Kirwan (8 caps) Calcio Padova, Italy
Tommy Smith (50 caps) MK Dons, England
Tyler Bindon* (0 caps) Reading FC, England

Callum McCowatt (12 caps) Silkeborg IF, Denmark
Marko Stamenic (14 caps) FK Crvena zvezda / Red Star Belgrade, Serbia
Matthew Dibley-Dias* (0 caps) Fulham FC, England
Matthew Garbett (15 caps) NAC Breda, Netherlands
Sarpreet Singh (9 caps) FC Hansa Rostock, Germany

Alex Greive (10 caps) St Mirren FC, Scotland
Ben Waine (8 caps) Plymouth Argyle, England
Chris Wood (70 caps) Nottingham Forest, England
Eli Just (16 caps) AC Horsens, Denmark
Joe Champness (6 caps) Adanaspor, Turkey
Max Mata (4 caps) Shrewsbury Town, England

*Debut senior international call-up

For the October window, Bazeley has not selected Men’s A-League players due to the competition being in pre-season and due to start soon after the fixtures.

Midfielder Joe Bell is unavailable this window for personal reasons after recently moving to a new club and country in Europe.

Darren Bazeley … has named his first squad since taking on the role on a permanent basis.

Announcing his squad, Bazeley said: “It is great to announce the squad for these games and bring in some new and returning players for the window.

“Matt and Tyler are two exciting young players who we have been following the development of closely, so I’m really pleased to be able to bring them into the squad for the first time and give them a taste of senior international football.

“It is also great to have players like James McGarry, Joe Champness, Michael Woud, Niko Kirwan and Sarpreet Singh back in the squad for the first time in a while, especially with Niko and Sarpreet coming back from long-term injuries.

“I think it speaks to the strength of Kiwi talent around the world that we are able to name a really strong squad even when we don’t call up our A-League men players.

“It is great to see how much young Kiwi talent there is pushing for All Whites selection.”

Main photo: All Whites striker Alex Greive during last year’s games against Australia at Eden Park, Auckland. Photo credit: Andrew Cornaga / Phototek.


October window

Game to be played on Saturday October 14, 2023 (NZT)

New Zealand v DR Congo
Estadio Nueva Condomina, Murcia, Spain, 5am (NZT)

Game to be played on Wednesday October 18, 2023 (NZT)

New Zealand v Australia
Gtech Community Stadium, London, 7.45am (NZT)

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November window

Game to be played on Saturday November 18, 2023 (NZT)

Greece v New Zealand
OPAP Arena, Athens, Greece, 6am TBC (NZT)

Game to be played on Wednesday November 22, 2023 (NZT)

Ireland v New Zealand
Aviva Stadium, Dublin, 8.45am (NZT)

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