SuperSport United defender Michael Boxall gets New Zealand call-up for World Cup qualifier against New Caledonia
Posted: 4 November 2016 Time: 15:44
SuperSport United defender Michael Boxall has received call-up from New Zealand for their World Cup qualifiers against New Caledonia at home in Auckland on November 12 and away in Kone on November 15.
But his clubmate Jeremy Brockie remains on the sidelines after being dropped earlier this year by the All Whites.
Boxall, who scored twice in a matter of minutes on Tuesday night for SuperSport in their 6-1 demolition of Orlando Pirates, will travel after Saturday’s Telkom Knockout quarter-final clash against Mamelodi Sundowns in Atteridgeville.
Last month Boxall played two friendlies against Mexico and the United States as New Zealand prepared for the World Cup qualifiers. He played 90 minutes in both matches in Nashville and Washington D.C. and now has 19 caps for his country
New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson named 23 players for the two ties but must do without the Kiwis’ most prominent player, West Ham United defender Winston Reid, who is injured.
Instead they will be captained by Chris Wood, the striker from Leeds United.
New Zealand will play Fiji home and away in March in their other Group A qualifiers and if they win their group meet the winner of Group B – with Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Tahiti – to decide the winner of the Oceania qualifier and book a place against a team from South America.