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Reid, Smith out of All Whites squad

NZN 12/05/2016 By Robert Lowe

Tommy Smith's All Whites soccer career is in limbo after coach Anthony Hudson ruled out considering the defender for future selection.

Smith, along with New Zealand's most high-profile player, West Ham defender Winston Reid, are notable omissions from the 23-strong squad named on Thursday for the tournament in Papua New Guinea.

Reid made himself available but Hudson has decided on a cautious approach, given the player's injury-hit season with his English Premier League club.

However, Smith, who like Reid was part of the All Whites' 2010 World Cup campaign and has captained his country, is "a different situation".

"I won't be considering Tommy for the All Whites," Hudson said.

He added: "Tommy really only wants to be selected on his terms.

"He has made himself unavailable for selection and my concern is that, going forward, Tommy will want to pick and choose what game to play on a game-by-game basis and that is far too disruptive to team building."

Hudson said he could understand the focus that the 25-year-old Smith, who is with English second-tier side Ipswich Town, had on his club career.

But as coach, he had to do what was best for the All Whites.

"There has to come a point where I have to draw the line and say, listen, I only want players in this team who want to represent New Zealand," he said.

"I don't want to be forcing any players back here."

Reid scored West Ham's winner over Manchester United in the east London club's last match at Upton Park before their move to the Olympic Stadium.

But he has also missed 23 matches during the season because of injury and Hudson wanted to give him time to get back to full fitness.

"With the injuries he's had, we can't afford to risk it," Hudson said.

"It was great yesterday that he got the goal and we would love him to be here, but it's not realistic right now for him to come straight at the end of the season to play three games in a short amount of time."

The eight-team Oceania Nations Cup runs from May 28 to June 11 and the winners will qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.

The All Whites will have three training fixtures in Brisbane before heading to the tournament in Port Moresby, where their pool opponents will be Fiji, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.

The team will be captained by Leeds United striker Chris Wood and includes the experience of Rory Fallon, Shane Smeltz, Michael McGlinchey.

There are also four uncapped players in Luke Adams (South Melbourne), Kip Colvey (San Jose Quakes), Max Crocombe (Oxford United) and Monty Patterson (Ipswich Town).

Among those not considered for selection because of injury was experienced goalkeeper Glen Moss, because of an eye problem.

All Whites Squad: Goalkeepers - Max Crocombe (Oxford Utd, England), Stefan Marinovic (SpVgg Unterhaching, Germany), Tamati Williams (RKC Waalwijk, Netherlands); Defenders - Luke Adams (South Melbourne FC, Australia), Michael Boxall (SuperSport Utd, South Africa), Sam Brotherton (Wisconsin University, USA), Kip Colvey (San Jose Earthquakes FC, USA), Thomas Doyle (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand), Louis Fenton (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand); Midfielders - Te Atawhai Wihongi (Onehunga Sports FC, New Zealand), Moses Dyer (Onehunga Sports FC, New Zealand), Clayton Lewis (Onehunga Sports FC, New Zealand), Michael McGlinchey (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand), Matt Ridenton (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand), Bill Tuiloma (RC Strasbourg Alsace, France), Themi Tzimopoulos (PAS Giannina FC, Greece); Forwards - Kosta Barbarouses (Melbourne Victory, Australia), Rory Fallon (Bristol Rovers, England), Monty Patterson (Ipswich Town FC, England), Logan Rogerson (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand), Marco Rojas (FC Thun, Switzerland), Shane Smeltz (Sydney FC, Australia), Chris Wood (Leeds Utd FC, England).

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