Smith in New Zealand Squad and Set for Olympics
Wednesday, 9th Mar 2011 01:33
Town defender Tommy Smith has been named in a provisional New Zealand squad for games against China and Japan later this month. All Whites boss Ricki Herbert has also revealed that he expects Smith to be involved in New Zealand's Olympic side at London 2012.
Herbert's men face China in Wuhan on March 25th and then Asian Champions Japan in Tokyo on March 29th.
The All Whites coach has picked a young squad for the two games partly with Olympic qualification in mind with the London 2012 football tournament being played at U23 level.
"The Olympics are a prestigious event and it's important that we qualify for it and do well. It also has flow on benefits for our Brazil 2014 [World Cup] campaign," Herbert said.
"We'll have the likes of Tommy Smith, Chris Wood, Kosta Barbarouses and three over-age players all eligible for London, and there'll be some players pushing for inclusion in the All Whites as we get further down the World Cup cycle.
“It makes sense to have greater crossover between the two environments in terms of players and staff."
Town could also have striker Connor Wickham in action for an England side representing Great Britain at the Olympics.
New Zealand: Glen Moss (Gold Coast United), Jake Gleeson (Portland Timbers), Mark Paston (Wellington Phoenix), Andrew Boyens (Chivas), Michael Boxall (Vancouver Whitecaps), Michael Fitzgerald (Albirex Niigata), Tony Lochhead (Wellington Phoenix), Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn Rovers), Winston Reid (West Ham), Luke Rowe (Birmingham City), Ben Sigmund (Wellington Phoenix), Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town), Leo Bertos (Wellington Phoenix), Jeremy Brockie (Newcastle Jeta), Tim Brown (Wellington Phoenix), Jeremy Christie (Tampa Bay), Aaron Clapham (Canterbury United), Simon Elliott (Chivas), Craig Henderson (Mjallby), Michael McGlinchey (Central Coast Mariners), Cole Peverley (Charleston Battery), David Mulligan (Auckland City), Marco Rojas (Wellington Phoenix), Ivan Vicelich (Auckland City), Kosta Barbarouses (Brisbane Roar), Kris Bright (Budapest Honvéd), Rory Fallon (Plymouth Argyle), Chris Killen (Shenzhen Ruby), Shane Smeltz (Gold Coast United), Chris Wood (West Bromwich Albion).
Get a £20 Risk Free Bet on on Derby County v Ipswich Town (or other matches) by opening a new account at BetBright.com. Place an initial bet of up to £20 and if it loses, you'll get a full cash refund. You literally can't lose!
Please report offensive, libellous or inappropriate posts by using the links provided.
You need to login in order to post your comments
Blogs 169 bloggers
Tickets and Other Issues by TimS
I would love to think that I wrote about tickets on a Bank Holiday Monday and the article has so much impact that Town introduce a Group Ticket Bundle on Tuesday. However, I am not that sure whether God moves in such mysterious ways.
Post-Derby Blues by TimS
For the first time for a while, I had the chance to go to last Saturday’s derby. I had been at home for the week and it would have been natural to head to Portman Road for a fixture that has given so many memories down the years. I did not go. I could not quite bring myself to buy the ticket, and I felt awful. Things had changed.
Mick Not the Man for Town by BossMan
After the lacklustre performance against the Budgies there seems to be an increase in dissenting voices complaining about the style of football being produced by Town under Mick McCarthy.
Our Current Crop of Forwards by luke_38
Much has been discussed regarding the purchase of a new midfield maestro - but as well as that, we do lack strength in depth when it comes to our forwards.
Here's Where Mick's Intentions Lay? by Mullet
In my previous effort I asked the question of Mick's plans for this season, and what they might do for Town's top flight aspirations.
Ipswich Town Polls
[ Vote here ]
TWTD.co.uk Story Archive