New Zealand captain Winston Reid retires from international football

New Zealand captain Winston Reid retires from international football

New Zealand captain Winston Reid will retire from international football after Sunday’s friendly at home against Australia.

The game in Auckland is the New Zealand men’s first home game in nearly five years.

“It’s great to have the opportunity to play my last international match in Auckland,” Reid, 34, said in a statement on Monday.

“It’s going to be nice to come back home, to the city where I grew up, where I started playing football.”

The defender is without a club after 11 years at West Ham United, where he played more than 200 games.

Reid made 32 appearances for New Zealand and his goal sealed a 1-1 draw with Slovakia at the 2010 World Cup.

“The World Cup was special for me because I was so young and playing and scoring in it was incredible,” he said. “It’s something I will always be grateful for.

“I have been fortunate to have a long career, both at club and country, and being captain of the national team has been an honour.”

While with the Hammers, Reid had spells on loan with MLS side Sporting Kansas City and Brentford, where he helped them win promotion to the Premier League.

Australia hosts New Zealand in a friendly in Brisbane on Thursday, three days before the teams meet again at Auckland’s Eden Park.

This will be the first time the All Whites have played in New Zealand since November 2017.

The Socceroos qualified for the 2022 World Cup, but New Zealand missed out on a place in the Qatar final after losing a playoff to Costa Rica in June.

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