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Hudson faces selection dilemma

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 31/05/2016

Kosta Barbarouses

Kosta Barbarouses
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For the first time in two years, All Whites coach Anthony Hudson has the luxury of a full squad at his disposal.

The All Whites won their opening Oceania Nations Cup match against Fiji 3-1 without several key players, but Hudson has all his 23-strong squad available for Tuesday's match against Vanuatu in Port Moresby.

Kosta Barbarouses and Marco Rojas are back in the mix, both unavailable for selection after arriving just hours before the Fiji game on Saturday.

Midfielder Michael McGlinchey is also back in full contention after being restricted to a second-half cameo against Fiji as he completed his recovery from an ankle knock.

In-form striker Jeremy Brockie and defender Michael Boxall, who both helped South African outfit SuperSport United to a win in the Nedbank Cup final on Sunday, have also joined the All Whites.

Anthony Hudson © Reuters Anthony Hudson

And young midfielder Matt Ridenton, not considered for selection against Fiji due to injury, has now returned to full fitness.

"This is the first time in two years that I've actually had a bench and had some decisions to make," Hudson said.

"I've not had that in the past, we've always just gone with what we've got. So it's nice to now have a bit of competition in the group and I'm so pleased that I can finally make some of these decisions".

Hudson rates Vanuatu as one of the strongest sides at the Nations Cup.

"They like to play football out from the back, and have one or two key players who can hurt you."

Vanuatu lost their opening match 1-0 to the Solomon Islands and need a win to get their campaign back on track.

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