West Brom youngster Wood deserves place in NZ squad

West Bromwich Albion youngster Chris Wood definitely deserves his place in the New Zealand squad according to coach Ricki Herbert.

West Bromwich Albion youngster Chris Wood definitely deserves his place in the New Zealand squad according to coach Ricki Herbert.

The 17-year old was added to the All-Whites Confederations Cup squad last week and his promotion is justification of his hard work regardless of his tender years.

“When I first took the job in 2005, I said age wasn’t a barrier to selection, and that if we found a young guy we thought was good enough, we would put him in the team,” said Herbert after announcing his squad.

“Chris has gone to a good club, spent a decent amount of time in a very competitive environment, and been good enough to pave his way through to coming off the bench in a Premier League match. That speaks volumes and he thoroughly justifies his place in the squad.”