New Zealand head coach praises Chris Wood

Leeds United's Chris Wood

Leeds United striker Chris Wood gets praise from New Zealand head coach Anthony Hudson.

Leeds United's Chris WoodNew Zealand national team head coach Anthony Hudson has spoken highly of Chris Wood on Nzfootball.co.nz.

Wood is the current captain of the New Zealand side for the upcoming OFC Nations Cup in Papua New Guinea.

Hudson’s side will be aiming to win to win the Nations Cup and qualify for the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017.

Leeds striker Wood scored in New Zealand’s 1-0 victory over club side Redlands United in a behind-closed-doors training match.

Hudson has praised the former West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City striker, and has highlighted his approach towards the tournament.

“I don’t think we can overestimate how much it means for a player like Chris to be coming in,” Hudson told Nzfootball.co.nz about Wood.

“It’s a difficult time of the season for him but he’s come in and is probably the fittest he has ever been in his career.

“It’s the best I’ve seen him in his approach to the team and the tournament – that’s a real credit to him and is a great example to the rest of the players.”

Wood scored 12 goals and created 39 chances in 35 Championship appearances for Leeds this past season.

The 24-year-old striker had a pass accuracy of 60% and a shot accuracy of 39%, and won 128 headers, nine dribbles and eight tackles.

Leeds finished the 2015-16 Championship campaign in 13th place with 59 points from 46 matches.

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