It hasn't been a case of all change for Ricki Herbert since
the All Whites' unbeaten run at the 2010 World Cup but he has
mixed and matched in 18 games played since.
Of the 23 players in South Africa, 11 started all three games
while four played off the bench in one or more games. Eight
took no part including Michael McGlinchey who has since been
one of the busiest All Whites.
In the 18 games since the World Cup McGlinchey, who made his
debut against Jordan in 2009 and played in the crucial
play-offs against Bahrain, has started 14 times and come off
the bench twice. The only games he did not appear in were the
two matches against the Solomon Islands at the Nations Cup in
Kosta Barbarouses, like McGlinchey, made his international
debut before the World Cup playing against Fiji in November
2008. He was not included in the World Cup squad, missed the
remaining 2010 fixtures against Honduras and Paraguay but has
played every game since starting in all but four.
The "Godfather," Ivan Vicelich, continues to tot up his All
Cajoled out of retirement to go to the World Cup, Vicelich
has now reached 85 full international appearances - 16 more
than Simon Elliott who played the three World Cup matches and
three of the next four but none since the 3-0 loss to Mexico
in Denver in June last year.
Including the World Cup games, Vicelich has started in 16
matches and played three, counting this week's 1-1 draw with
China in Shanghai, off the bench.
Ryan Nelsen, who played all at the World Cup and against
Honduras post-South Africa, has played only four since. Tommy
Smith, captain in Nelsen's absence, missed four of the five
games after the World Cup but has started in the 13 since.
Since the beginning of 2011, Herbert handed debuts to 10
players. Michael Boxall, Michael Fitzgerald and Marco Rojas
all started from the bench in the 1-1 draw with China in
Wuhan last October.
Fitzgerald then started the next match against Mexico in
Denver and was a substitute four days later in the 3-0 loss
to the Socceroos in Adelaide. He hasn't turned out for the
All Whites since.
Rojas missed the games against Mexico and Australia but has
played 12 since then including eight starts.
Jake Gleeson played in goal off the bench on debut against
Australia and then replaced Mark Paston when he was injured
in the first game of the Nations Cup in Honiara and started
the remaining four matches.
Dan Keat debuted against Jamaica in Auckland earlier this
year but did not play again until he came on as a substitute
against Tahiti, away and home, in the World Cup qualifiers
last month before his first start against China this week.
Ian Hogg started, and scored, on debut against El Salvador in
the 2-2 draw in Houston in May and three days later against
Honduras in Dallas. He played twice in Honiara, starting
against Solomon Islands and New Caledonia but nothing since.
Cameron Howieson joined Hogg as a debutante against El
Salvador (off the bench) and has had three substitute outings
since including this week's game in China.
Tim Payne started from the bench on debut against Honduras
and against Papua New Guinea in Honiara. He has since been in
the starting XI four times and as a substitute once in the
World Cup qualifier in New Caledonia.
Adam McGeorge also debuted as a substitute against Honduras
and was again used that way against the Solomon Islands in
Honiara in his only two appearances.
Tim Myers made his debut off the bench against PNG in Honiara
and started the games against the Solomons and New Caledonia
but hasn't been used since.
Since the World Cup, 32 players have pulled on an All Whites
shirt; only retirees Andy Barron and James Bannatyne of the
World Cup squad have not been figured.
Of the 29 post-World Cup goals, Chris Wood scored 10, Shane
Smeltz six, McGlinchey and Chris Killen three each,
Barbarouses two and Smith, Tony Lochhead, Hogg, Rojas and Ben
Sigmund one each.
All Whites since the World Cup 2010:
*Played 18, won 8, drawn 5, lost 5
*Goals scored 29, goals against 24
*Fifa ranking: 54 after World Cup
*Fifa ranking: 93
- Terry Maddaford