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Smith and Patterson Named in New Zealand Squad
Wednesday, 2nd Aug 2017 22:27

Town duo Tommy Smith and Monty Patterson have been named in the New Zealand squad for their 2018 World Cup qualifiers against the Solomon Islands in September.

The All Whites host the first game in the double header in Auckland on September 1st before they play the second leg in Honiara four days later.

The two teams topped their groups in third stage of qualifying from the Oceania Football Confederation for next summer’s tournament in Russia.

The winners of the tie will take on the team which finishes fifth in the South American qualification group in an inter-confederation play-off in November for a place at the finals.

Centre-half Smith, 27, took his total of caps to 35 at the Confederations Cup, also in Russia, this summer and has scored two international goals.

Striker or midfielder Patterson, 20, was also involved at the Confederations Cup and has now won 13 full caps, scoring once.

All Whites: Kosta Barbarouses (Melbourne Victory), Myer Bevan (Vancouver Whitecaps), Michael Boxall (Minnesota United), Kip Colvey (San Jose Earthquakes), Tom Doyle (Wellington Phoenix), Andrew Durante (Wellington Phoenix), Dane Ingham (Brisbane Roar), Stefan Marinovic (Vancouver Whitecaps), Michael McGlinchey (Wellington Phoenix), Glen Moss (Newcastle Jets), Monty Patterson (Ipswich Town), Winston Reid (West Ham United), Marco Rojas (SC Heerenveen), Storm Roux (Central Coast Mariners), Oliver Sail (Wellington Phoenix), Shane Smeltz (Borneo), Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town), Ryan Thomas (PEC Zwolle), Themi Tzimopoulos (PAS Giannina), Chris Wood (Leeds United), Deklan Wynne (Vancouver Whitecaps).

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CanadianBlue added 23:45 - Aug 2
Good luck to them. Always happy to see Town players representing their countries.

Chambeau added 07:54 - Aug 3
Is Patterson anywhere near making our first team? He seems to have been with us forever, is an international but I can't recall him even bring on the bench? At a time we are crying out for strikers it seems odd to say the least. Maybe Mick doesn't think he's a good bloke.

Count_Arthur added 08:32 - Aug 3
My thoughts exactly Chambeau - he's good enough to be regularly capped but can't even make our squad photo!?
I've seen him play and he looks very good, surely part of the Five point plan was to bring on the youngsters, if so, where's the harm in giving I'm a chance?

brian_a_mul added 09:10 - Aug 3
Big game for NZ, best of luck Tommy & Monty.

ArnieM added 09:34 - Aug 3
Frankly, Im not a bit intereted in NZ. I am interested in our players being fit and able to play for Town. Treks to the Southern hemisphere do little to help the palyers being fit for 1st team action, and meaningless international friendlies dont do Town's cause any favours.s

Radlett_blue added 09:54 - Aug 3
Exactly Arnie - pointless journey round the world to play against a pub team for Tommy Smith.
As for Patterson, he needs to go out on loan again, but only 1 goal in 12 for Braintree last season.

runningout added 12:37 - Aug 3
another reason why we need good CB, someone to put the jitters up defences, as we aint doing that right now

NITFC added 13:19 - Aug 3
Monty Patterson played mainly wide left last night at Bury Town, not up front.

It was only a friendly against a non league team but he really stood out

Seasider added 15:22 - Aug 3
Arnie,unless I have mis read the above;thes are not friendly matches but World Cup qualifiers.

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