Jason Pine is Radio Sport's football commentator

Football: All Whites Power Rankings

All Whites goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic reacts after leaping 11 spots in the Power Rankings. Photo / Getty
All Whites goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic reacts after leaping 11 spots in the Power Rankings. Photo / Getty

The All Whites have booked their place at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia after winning the Oceania Nations Cup in PNG. Which players have strengthened their claims for an All Whites shirt and who has fallen down the pecking order? Jason Pine updates the All Whites Power Rankings (previous position in brackets).

1. (1) Winston Reid (West Ham United, England)

Played no part in PNG, but is absolutely crucial to New Zealand's chances of success in the next 18 months.

2. (2) Chris Wood (Leeds United, England)

Led from the front in Reid's absence, apart from his much-publicised absence in the final. Scored four goals in four games and is clearly the side's number one striker.

3. (4) Ryan Thomas (PEC Zwolle, Netherlands)

Another player missing in PNG as he recovers from knee surgery, but a nailed-on starter when fit, which he should be for New Zealand's next game.


(15) Stefan Marinovic (SpVgg Unterhaching, Germany)

Player of the tournament in PNG and absolutely outstanding in the final, including saving two penalties in the shoot-out. Must now be close to passing Glen Moss as Anthony Hudson's preferred 'keeper. Has played every minute of New Zealand's last eight matches.

5. (3) Themi Tzimopoulos (PAS Giannina, Greece)

First-choice centre-back in Reid's absence, and should keep his place even when he returns. No-nonsense defender who formed the base of an All Whites rearguard which conceded just one goal all tournament.

6. (8) Michael McGlinchey (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

New Zealand's tactics blunted his influence in PNG, but still a vital cog in the engine-room. The only player to have featured in all eleven of Hudson's matches in charge.

7. (5) Kosta Barbarouses (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

Just two starts in PNG and failed to impose himself inside the Route One system. Still a dazzling attacker who'll benefit most under a return to a possession-based style.

8. (11) Michael Boxall (SuperSport, South Africa)

Reliable defender who will always feature in New Zealand squads and is versatile enough to play right wing-back, or as part of a central defensive duo or trio.

9. (28) Luke Adams (South Melbourne FC, Australia)

The surprise-packet of the Nations Cup and the only outfielder to play every minute. Not bad for a guy who wasn't even in the conversation three months ago. Did all that was asked of him defensively and also scored the winning goal against the Solomon Islands.

10. (22) Bill Tuiloma (RC Strasbourg Alsace, France)

Relished the game time he was given after a frustrating time at club level and was solid in the New Zealand midfield. His long throw also became the All Whites' main attacking weapon.

11. (14) Kip Colvey (San Jose Earthquakes FC, USA)

Another debutant who seized his chance in the absences of Deklan Wynne (injury) and Tom Doyle (illness). Did enough in his four appearances to steal a march on the other left-back contenders.

12. (40) Rory Fallon (Truro City FC, England)

Has quickly come from the international wilderness into Hudson's inner circle. Led the side in Wood's absence in the final and stepped up to take the first penalty in the shoot-out. A talismanic presence around the camp and a driving force in the team's culture.

13. (29) Sam Brotherton (Wisconsin University, USA)

Benefited from the absence of Reid and Tommy Smith to start every game in PNG. A committed defender with good aerial strength who'll benefit hugely from the game time he's received this past fortnight.

14. (24) Monty Patterson (Ipswich Town, England)

Debuted in PNG and went on to feature in every game, catching the eye with his energy and enthusiasm. Hudson is a fan of a player who is likely to feature heavily in the years ahead.

15. (6) Glen Moss (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

His continued absence (this time for eye surgery) has opened the door for his challengers, particularly Marinovic who is now a genuine contender for the number one New Zealand jersey. Has played just once under Hudson, but still firmly in the goalkeeping mix.

16. (7) Marco Rojas (VfB Stuttgart, Germany)

Used sparingly in PNG with question-marks over where he fits inside Hudson's system. Came on in the final and showed glimpses of what he is capable of, before slotting the winning penalty to send the side to Russia.

17. (17) Louis Fenton (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

Not a regular starter when everyone is fit, but a valuable and versatile squad player who gives everything in every game.

18. (10) Tom Doyle (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

Illness wrecked his Nations Cup campaign, and he now faces a fight to regain the left-back spot from Colvey.

19. (16) Shane Smeltz (Sydney FC, Australia)

Ruled out through injury, but still a very handy and experienced international player. His slightly more subtle approach would have been handy in PNG.

20. (25) Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi (Onehunga Sports FC, New Zealand)

Played as part of a back-three in his only start of the tournament and slotted in seamlessly. His best position remains defensive midfield, where he'll keep Tuiloma honest in competing for that role.

21. (19) Clayton Lewis (Onehunga Sports FC, New Zealand)

Withdrawn from the Nations Cup squad after being found with elevated levels of the asthma drug Ventolin during the recently completed OFC Champions League. Continues to play club football and will be in the mix when available again.

22. (30) Max Crocombe (Oxford United, England)

Probably the second-choice goalkeeper in the Nations Cup squad, but unable to dislodge the outstanding Marinovic.

23. (35) Logan Rogerson (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

Used twice off the bench in pool play, but never really pushed for a starting spot. Needs a breakthrough club season to further stake his claims.

24. (34) Matt Ridenton (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

Sole appearance in PNG was at left-back, where he supplied the cross for Adams' winning goal against the Solomon Islands. Ability to play various positions will work in his favour, but needs to establish himself at A-League level.

25. (27) Jeremy Brockie (SuperSport, South Africa)

A late inclusion after Lewis's withdrawal, but unable to add to his international goals tally.

26. (NEW ENTRY) Moses Dyer (Onehunga Sports FC, New Zealand)

An eyebrow-raising selection in many respects, but held his nerve to calmly score his penalty in the shoot-out.

27. (13) Ryan de Vries (Forrest Hill-Milford United, New Zealand)

Doubts over his eligibility saw him left out of the Nations Cup squad. A prolific national league scorer who will feature if paperwork is sorted.

28. (NEW ENTRY) Luka Prelevic (Pascoe Vale SC, Australia)

Called in to replace Smeltz and started three games without ever really imposing himself on games.

29. (20) Hamish Watson (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

In original NZ training squad, but omitted from touring party, despite his physicality seeming to suit the game plan. A strong A-League season will see him continue to keep his name on Hudson's radar.

30. (18) Deklan Wynne (Whitecaps FC 2, Canada)

Injury ruled him out of PNG participation, but a player Hudson has big wraps on.

31. (21) Tamati Williams (RKC Waalwijk, Netherlands)
32. (23) James Musa (St Louis FC, USA)
33. (26) Tyler Boyd (Vitoria SC, Portugal)
34. (39) Jake Gleeson (Portland Timbers, USA)
35. (31) James McGarry (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

- NZ Herald

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