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Smith in New Zealand Squad
Smith in New Zealand Squad
Thursday, 9th Feb 2012 09:24

Town defender Tommy Smith has been named in the New Zealand squad for their home friendly against Jamaica on Wednesday 29th February. The 21-year-old has previously won eight full caps, which include all three games at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The Blues have refused to give permission for Smith to play for New Zealand’s U23s in Olympics qualifiers which take place next month as they clash with domestic fixtures.

New Zealand: Jake Gleeson (Portland Timbers), Mark Paston (Wellington Phoenix), Tony Lochhead (Wellington Phoenix), Ryan Nelsen (captain, Tottenham Hotspur), Winston Reid (West Ham), Ben Sigmund (Wellington Phoenix), Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town), Ivan Vicelich (Auckland City), Leo Bertos (Wellington Phoenix), Jeremy Brockie (Newcastle Jets), Tim Brown (Wellington Phoenix), Dan Keat (Los Angeles Galaxy), Michael McGlinchey (Central Coast Mariners), Marco Rojas (Melbourne Victory), Kosta Barbarouses (Alania Vladikavkaz), Chris Killen (Shenzhen Ruby), Shane Smeltz (Perth Glory), Chris Wood (Bristol City).

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cooper4england added 09:41 - Feb 9
Party time for Jamaica's sheep population!

Nice work Tommy
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rexron added 10:05 - Feb 9
Experienced 21 y old. Hope he gets a new contract. He will be better and better with age. Cmon Tommy!
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PauloJulio added 10:26 - Feb 9
Only a friendly all be it in Jamaica but i would think a slight injury might prevent him from going...nudge nudge wink wink (club more important than country at the moment!)
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mo_itfc added 10:33 - Feb 9
i really think if we have the CBs to cover him, they should let him play in the olympics! it would be such a huge thing for him, and its not like he will have to travel far to get back to ipswich afterwards
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bluecrossy added 10:36 - Feb 9
Tommy Smith, World Cup Plaaayer
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Ipswichbusiness added 10:39 - Feb 9
Ironic isn't it? Our one currect full international is a member of the defence which has let in 57 goals so far this season.
Nonetheless, I wish him well and I hope he gets an extended contract with us.
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irishtim added 10:45 - Feb 9
Well done hope you get a new contract. Still a young player learning the game & will improve imo.
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walberswick added 10:48 - Feb 9
Will have his football education severely handicapped with Hutchings and Mc Cathy as coaches.
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Michael11 added 11:43 - Feb 9
Surprised they didn't call up a stray sheep, think it'd probably be better too
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8ashblue added 11:57 - Feb 9
This is good news for him and Town. It'll be great experience and getting away from our winter!
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tellitasiseeit added 12:27 - Feb 9
Tommy could have been another addition from Ipswich to play in the Olympics Cody Cropper will almost certainly be playing for the USA under 23 side having had a good trial in Germany and could be selected to represent them.But like was mentioned Ipswich Town comes first if the goalkeeping situation is not resolved. I also believe we have another player who could be playing in the Olympics.But the way things are at the moment all could be refused .I forgot that Cody Cropper injury may put him back a bit but still has time to be match fit again before then?
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Dozzells_Bobblehat added 12:39 - Feb 9
Ah Walberswick u r back ! How I have missed your sparkling wit and infectious optimism. What was your west ham prediction again? 5-1 to them I think u said didn't u!
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soupytwist added 12:46 - Feb 9
This is what we've stopped him playing in, not the Olympic tournament itself (should NZ qualify)

http://www.fifa.com/mensolympic/qualifiers/index.html
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walberswick added 13:29 - Feb 9
Correct score. Glad you're happy with the 2-3 goals we let in per game, Booblehat.
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jas0999 added 16:58 - Feb 9
Will miss the Bristol game. Thank goodness PJ has sorted the lack of CN's - he's had ages so there can be no excuse - yet oh dear, Clegg and PJ failed in the last window. Shame.
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tellitasiseeit added 20:37 - Feb 9
Soupytwist your correct. My comments looking at it again is a bit confusing.If New Zealand qualify Tommy could still play in the Olympics. But they will have to qualify without Tommy. Lets hope the young Ipswich Players make it to the Olympics and represent their country COYB
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Dozzells_Bobblehat added 21:53 - Feb 9
Booblehat!!!!
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kiwiblue added 06:23 - Feb 10
its not in sunny jamaica its here in sunny auckland. pop in tommy will get you a cold beer and put a sheep on the barby
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