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Ricki Herbert has named the 23 players who will face Mexico in a two-legged playoff with the winner booking passage to the World Cup.

New Zealand manager Ricki Herbert has revealed the 23 players selected to face Mexico in Mexico City and Wellington in a two-legged playoff to qualify for the World Cup Finals.

The team includes two players who are unattached, 11 who play at the A-League and a dozen who play outside Oceania. The foreign-based players include West Ham defender Winston Reid, Stuttgart forward Marco Rojas and Marsellie's Bill Tuiloma. 

The All Whites will face a Mexico team composed entirely of domestic-based players in the first leg with new Mexico manager Miguel Herrera electing not to name Hector Moreno, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, Gio dos Santos or any other Mexican playing outside Liga MX to his team.

New Zealand's complete squad follows.

New Zealand, roster vs. Mexico
 
(Club, caps, goals) 

Goalkeepers: 
Glen MOSS (Wellington Phoenix, – 24/0) 
Jacob SPOONLEY (Wellington Phoenix, - 2/0) 
Tamati WILLIAMS (Auckland City FC– 0-0) 

Defenders: 
Andrew DURANTE (Wellington Phoenix, - 4/0) 
Tony LOCHHEAD (unattached – 46/1) 
Winston REID (Captain / West Ham Utd, ENG – 17/1) 
Storm ROUX (Central Coast Mariners, AUS – 0/0) 
Ben SIGMUND (Wellington Phoenix, - 31/2) 
Tommy SMITH (Ipswich Town FC, ENG, 25/2) 
Bill TUILOMA (Olympique Marsellie, FRA – 1/0) 
Ivan VICELICH (Auckland City FC – 87/6) 

Midfielders: 
Leo BERTOS (Wellington Phoenix, - 55/0) 
Aaron CLAPHAM (Canterbury Utd, NZL – 13/0) 
Jeremy CHRISTIE (unattached – 26/1) 
Craig HENDERSON (Mjallby AIF, SWE – 1/0) 
Chris JAMES (Kuopion Palloseura, FIN – 14/0) 
Michael MCGLINCHEY (Central Coast Mariners, AUS – 23/3) 

Forwards: 
Kosta BARBAROUSES (Melbourne Victory, AUS – 22/2) 
Jeremy BROCKIE (Wellington Phoenix – 40/0) 
Rory FALLON (St Johnstone, SCO – 15/3) 
Marco ROJAS (Vfb Stuttgart, GER – 15/1) 
Shane SMELTZ (Perth Glory, AUS – 49/23) 
Chris WOOD (Leicester City FC, ENG – 32/10) 

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