Neil Emblen

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CARRA WRONG WRITING OFF MATA
Jamie Carragher, the Liverpool icon, made a canny observation about Juan Mata in his Saturday column for the Daily Mail.

Ipswich defender Smith left out by New Zealand for Japan friendly

Ipswich Town’s Tommy Smith was overlooked by New Zealand caretaker boss Neil Emblen for next month’s friendly with Japan.

Zwolle midfielder Thomas lands NZ call-up

New Zealand interim manager Neil Emblen has included teenage midfielder Ryan Thomas in his All Whites squad for next month’s friendly with Japan.

Waitakere United vs Young Heart Manawatu

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Hawkes Bay United Napier vs Waitakere United

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Young Heart Manawatu vs Waitakere United

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Otago United Dunedin vs Waitakere United

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Nelsen in QPR quandary if New Zealand progress

New Zealand will have to seek permission from Queen's Park Rangers to secure captain Ryan Nelsen's services if the Oly-Whites defeat Brazil.

Emblen appointed New Zealand U23 coach

Waitakere United coach Neil Emblen is now responsible for the New Zealand U-23 side as it bids to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.