CONFIRMED: New Zealand picks Ingham brothers

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As revealed by Goal, All Whites coach Anthony Hudson has picked Jai and Dane Ingham for New Zealand's upcoming qualifiers for Russia 2018

Jai and Dane Ingham have been included in New Zealand's squad for this month's World Cup qualifiers against Fiji - two of eight A-League players named by coach Anthony Hudson.

The Ingham brothers received plenty of praise from Hudson when the All Whites' squad was announced on Thursday night, with the 35-year-old Englishman arguing the Australia-born duo will "improve what we are doing".

In fact, Hudson revealed it took him just half an hour of watching Brisbane Roar full-back Dane to decide the 17-year-old was worth a spot in New Zealand's senior national team.

Goal revealed last month that Melbourne Victory winger Jai, 23, would be eligible for the All Whites after receiving a New Zealand passport, which he qualifies for through his mother.

"Jai has been progressing with his club and his performances have been very good," Hudson said.

"In recent time he is getting more and more time on the pitch and his performances have been very strong. He is a dynamic player, a very attacking player and he is someone who suits how we want to play.

"Recently when Dane made his debut for the Roar, for me 20 – 30 minutes into the game and I was sold. I had seen enough. He is a really good player.

"I have said all along that I wouldn't be adding unless they add to the squad and these two players do that. I have seen enough to know that they can come in and improve what we are doing."

New Zealand to double down on Ingham brothers

The Inghams are joined by six other A-League players for the matches against Fiji on March 25 and 28.

Wellington Phoenix provide five players - Glen Moss, Andrew Durante, Thomas Doyle, Michael McGlinchey and Shane Smeltz - while Victory's Marco Rojas is also included.

"It is the best squad we have had since I have been here," Hudson said.

"We have got quality all around the pitch, we have depth and competition for places, and the best thing about this squad is we have a good blend of experience and youth.

"There is energy, quality and hunger in this squad so I'm very pleased."

Berisha set to debut for Kosovo

Rojas and the Ingham brothers will be unavailable for Victory's trip to face Brisbane in Round 24, while the Phoenix quintet will miss Wellington's game against Newcastle Jets.

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In a boost for Wellington, Kosta Barbarouses has been left out of Hudson's squad.

Victory will take on Roar without their starting front four from the past three games, with James Troisi having been picked in the Socceroos' squad this week, while Besart Berisha is set to make his Kosovo debut this month.

 

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