The Straits Times
Published on Oct 19, 2012

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


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.