All Whites Skipper Announces Retirement

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Winton Reid played 32 times for New Zealand.
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All Whites captain Winston Reid will retire from international football after Sunday’s game against Australia in Auckland.

The 34-year-old former West Ham defender made 32 appearances for the national team, almost half of them as captain.

He played over 200 games for The Hammers, including winning the Player of the Year award in 2013.

He also had spells at MLS side Sporting Kansas City in 2020 and Brentford FC in 2021 as part of their winning run in Premier League promotion.

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“It’s great to have the chance to play my last international game in Auckland. It will be nice to come home to the city where I grew up, where I first started playing football.

“There are so many memories it’s hard to pick just one. The World Cup (2010) was special to me because I was very young and playing and scoring in it was great.

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“It’s something I will always be grateful for. But I’ve been lucky enough to have a long career, for both club and country, and captaining the national team has been an honour.”

All Whites head coach Danny Hay praised Winston Reid’s influence on his young side and the path he has charted for future generations of Kiwi footballers:

“Winnie is a true legend of New Zealand football who paved the way for future players, along with other legends such as Ryan Nelsen, and showed that a Kiwi kid could do it at the highest level of the game.

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“The mana he has within this group of players is inspiring and I know he is someone who has benefited the squad immensely from his presence on, on and off the pitch.”

-RNZ