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Wood tipped to star for New Zealand

Chris Wood is hoping to make a big impression at the World Cup. The West Brom striker, who is one of the youngest players in South Africa at just 18, will star for New Zealand this summer, reports The Sun.

Despite his age and lack of first team experience with the Baggies, Wood has been a regular in the All Whites setup.

He has made six appearances for his national team over the past 12 months and is set to face giants Italy, Paraguay and Slovakia this month.

Wood said: "I've progressed a lot this year.

"It's been a good season both with the West Brom first team and the national team. Things are going well.

"It's been a learning experience and I'm glad I've got my first season as a pro under my belt.

"Now I want to kick on with the rest of my career."

Coach Ricki Herbert, said: "We've managed him in a certain way but there's something about him with his age and his build, he could be a little X-factor for us.

"He's a good balanced boy with a very good head on his shoulders and he's at a great club.

"The world is at his feet and I think the ingredients he has could be exciting for the team.

"People know Smeltz, Killen and Fallon, but not many people know Chris yet."

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