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West Ham manager unhappy over Reid's Kiwi call-up

Published on Oct 19, 2012 6:38 AM
West Ham's New Zealand defender Winston Reid (left) vies with Sunderland's English-born Scottish striker Steven Fletcher (right) during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Sunderland at the Boleyn Ground, Upton Park, in East London, England, on Sept 22, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has criticised New Zealand's football federation after All Whites defender Winston Reid was called up for their recent internationals with Tahiti.

Reid made the 24-hour journey from England despite being unlikely to play as he had a back injury he sustained earlier this month and that proved the case as he missed both matches.

New Zealand were able to win the Tahiti clashes 2-0 and 3-0 without Reid as they edged closer to a 2014 World Cup play-off place.

But the centre-back is now a doubt for West Ham's Premier League game against Southampton this weekend and Allardyce insists New Zealand officials were wrong to make Reid travel when he was already injured.

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