1 Mar 2010

All Whites call-up for two Auckland City players

10:25 am on 1 March 2010

Superb domestic and international club form has seen uncapped Auckland City footballers Jason Hayne and Chad Coombes added to the All Whites squad to face Mexico in Pasadena on March the 4th, but injury has stalled Craig Henderson's All Whites career before it has started.

The New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert had hoped to take a look at Sweden-based midfielder Henderson with one eye on his final FIFA World Cup squad but the midfielder who was already working his way back from groin surgery twisted a knee in training.

Herbert will now pass that immediate chance to Hayne (23) and Coombes (26) who impressed during Auckland City's fifth place finish at the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi last year, where Auckland finished fifth.

While the New Zealand squad is already missing Ryan Nelsen and Mark Paston through injury, and 75-cap defender Ivan Vicelich through a one-game suspension, Mexico - who dispatched Bolivia 5-nil last week with local players - will be close to full strength with the majority of its European-based stars on display.