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Ipswich defender Smith irritated by NZ fixtures

Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith admits he has been frustrated by recent fixture clashes between club and country.

The 23-year old New Zealand international recently pulled out of an international friendly with Japan to concentrate on club matters with the Tractor Boys who are placed ninth on the Championship table.

Smith also missed a match for Ipswich in November when he played for the All Whites in a World Cup qualifier against Mexico and he admits it has been a battle to forego club football when there is no FIFA window for international games.

"International fixtures aren't meant to conflict with your club games and it really annoyed and disappointed me that they wouldn't allow me to play in that game (at Blackpool)," he told Green Un.

"I haven't really got anything to say other than that. It all happened behind closed doors, we had a conversation and I don't really want to make that public at this stage.

"To be fair that was before a number of changes. There is a new CEO in charge of New Zealand football now and the head coach has changed as well.

"They've said they want to put a policy into place which will make more sense to the clubs. Hopefully, going forwards, we won't have any of those sort of situations again."

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