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All Whites captain Winston Reid prepares for Auckland homecoming match against Socceros

Winston Reid has committed to play for the All Whites against Australia in September, his first visit to Auckland in eight years.

Speaking to the official website of West Ham United, where he made 194 appearances, the All Whites captain was buoyed by the prospect of facing the Socceros.

The first leg will be played on 22 September at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane and the second leg will be played at Auckland’s Eden Park on 25 September.

Eden Park could be the last all-white game for the 34-year-old defender, who was injured in New Zealand’s 2010 FIFA World Cup opening game in a 1-1 draw against Slovakia.

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This is the All White’s first home game since playing with Peru in the first half of the Intercontinental Playoff to make it to the 2018 World Cup at the Sky Stadium in Wellington in November 2017, which they eventually lost.

“I really want to do it [playing Australia]Because I’m home for the first time since I moved to West Ham in 2014,” Reid said.

Reid was born in Auckland and began playing football at the age of four for local club Takapuna, before moving to Denmark at the age of 10 with his Danish mother and stepfather.

New Zealand's Winston Reid clears the ball under pressure from Costa Rica's Brian Ruiz during their World Cup playoff match.

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New Zealand’s Winston Reid clears the ball under pressure from Costa Rica’s Brian Ruiz during their World Cup playoff match.

“I came back in 2017 to play in the World Cup play-off against Peru in Wellington, but otherwise haven’t been home, so it’s good to be back, see the family and play at Eden Park. I hope so. “

Reid tore a groin muscle in the All Whites’ 1-0 World Cup play-off loss to Costa Rica in Qatar in June, but played before being replaced in the 72nd minute.

He has been without a club for more than 12 months, but has made seven appearances for his country during that time, as well as three appearances for the Olivites at last year’s Tokyo Olympics.

All Whites coach Danny Hay was keen to say after the Costa Rica loss that Reid would and would remain with the national team.

Winston Reid challenges Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United to the ball, playing for West Ham in a 2017 Premier League match.

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Winston Reid challenges Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United to the ball, playing for West Ham in a 2017 Premier League match.

“If it were up to me, I would have convinced him to continue.

– He still has a lot to offer on the field, and even if he hangs up his boots, I think he is such an important person that he should be on the national team.

“The way she is now is the best ever. I’ve said it many times”.

Reid told West Ham’s website that it was difficult to accept the World Cup loss to Costa Rica due to poor delivery.

“He scored a poor goal in one of the few occasions he had, then we hit him but couldn’t score. We had a goal that was awarded initially but later rejected.”

– Our player was hit and his player fell on him, but he was fouled. We didn’t even have some penalties and the player was sent off after another VAR review. I was disappointed because I really wanted to go to the World Cup.

Reid spoke positively about the next generation of All Whites, saying it was encouraging to see so many breaks in Europe’s top league.

“We have a good team now and we are playing very good football with good young players, some of whom play in the Italian Serie A (Liberto Cacces from Empoli and Matthew Garbett from Torino), so we can head towards the World Cup in America. Canada should be good in the next race and 2026.”

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