World Cup 2022: New Zealand under pressure

World Cup 2022: New Zealand under pressure

The All Whites will not be complete once the Oceania qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup will take place from 17-31 March. Data amending Group B papers which also include New Caledonia. explanations.

The event, postponed due to Covid, will start on March 17 in Qatar, four days before the start of the FIFA international window. A window allowing clubs to release professional players to their national teams. The problem: the vast majority of all whites play in foreign leagues at the highest level and therefore will arrive all the way, while the others will have to leave early.

List of 30 New Zealand shortlisted for World Cup qualifiers

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In the official list of 30 New Zealand retained For the tournament held in the Persian Gulf, it is said that 12 players will not arrive until March 19, the day after the first match against Papua New Guinea. Among the strong: left side Liberato Cacace (Empoli, Italy), central midfielder Joe Bell (Bröndy, Denmark), and especially the top scorer of choice, Chris Wood, who recently moved to Newcastle United, in the Premier League. League for 30 million euros. Three highly influential CEOs on the stellar trajectory of their national team at the last Olympics in Tokyo (the quarter-final defeat by Japan on penalties).

It is also reported that right-back Ingham (Newcastle Jets, Australia), attacking midfielder Barbaros, or promising Ben Wayne will have to leave from March 22, possibly before the clashes against Fiji and New Caledonia. A delicate position that must be managed in the form of a competition that does not leave much time for its performance.

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In the two groups of four, each selection plays three matches, and must finish in one of the first two places in the standings to reach the semi-finals. From the first duel, you have to score points to avoid being pressured. New Zealand risk fielding a team without many benchmarks against Papua New Guinea.

He will then have to find alchemy for the following opponents. A real challenge in Group B where New Caledonia, its third opponent, is a very dangerous competitor. Another obstacle for the white team: the promising Sarpreet Singh will be absent. The Bayern Munich playmaker on loan in the German second division to SS Jan Regensburg was injured (6 goals this season).

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