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Michael Boxall earns call-up to New Zealand national team, Jeremy Brockie overlooked

Posted: 23 March 2017 Time: 21:35

Michael Boxall is again in the New Zealand squad for a double World Cup date starting this weekend, but his SuperSport United team-mate Jeremy Brockie is once more left out by his country.

The 29-year-old Brockie has not played for the All Whites since June last year when the won the Oceania Nations Cup in Papua New Guinea, missing the last two World Cup qualifying matches against New Caledonia and this Saturday’s game in Fiji and return match in Wellington on Tuesday.

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But Boxall, 28, stands in line to win his 21st and 22nd caps as New Zealand continue their bid to finish top of the Oceania group and book a World Cup play-off spot later on in the year.

Boxall is first-choice at right-back for New Zealand and likely heading to the Confederations Cup in Russia in June, but New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson’s snubs of Brockie will be concerning the striker.

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New Zealand named 17-year-old Dane Ingham along with his 23-year-old brother Jai in the squad for the first time while welcoming back the experienced Shane Smeltz and Tommy Smith.

Winger Jai Ingham [Melbourne Victory] and defender Dane Ingham [Brisbane Roar] are the first brothers to be named in an All Whites squad since Neil and Kenny Harlock in 1997. The Australian-born pair qualify for New Zealand through their New Zealand-born mother.

Article by: Staff Reporter
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