Leeds United striker Chris Wood has been made the captain of the New Zealand national football team, as announced on Nzfootball.co.nz.
The 24-year-old, who joined Leeds from Premier League side Leicester City in the summer of 2015, will captain his national team for the upcoming OFC Nations Cup in Papua New Guinea.
Anthony Hudson’s side will be aiming to win to win the Nations Cup and qualify for the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017.
Wood will be the All Whites’ skipper and will be a key player for his side. The former West Bromwich Albion striker scored 12 goals and created 39 chances in 35 Championship matches for Leeds this season.
West Ham United defender Winston Reid, though, has been omitted from the New Zealand squad.
Explaining the decision regarding the regular New Zealand captain, Hudson told Nzfootball.co.nz: “Winston has had an injury-interrupted season with West Ham and I have decided it is in his and the team’s best interests to get him right for the rest of the year. Winston is 100 percent committed to our team.”
Reid has scored one goal and created three chances in 23 Premier League appearances for West Ham this season.
The 27-year-old defender has a pass accuracy of 83% and a shot accuracy of 38%, and has won 46 headers, two dribbles and 36 tackles.