All Whites coach Danny Hay is unsure which players will be available for New Zealand’s first game against England in nearly 30 years.

The All Whites will take on the world’s fourth ranked football side at Wembley in London in November but Hay said some his key players would not be taking the field – including captain Winston Reid.

“One thing that is looking really challenging is trying to get players out of the States or back into the States and they are in the midst of the MLS season, players from this part of the world very difficult as well, so it would have to be primarily European based and there’s even challenges inside Europe with some nations putting quarantine restrictions on the players when they come back into their countries,” Hay said.

However, Hay expected Burnley striker Chris Wood would be available.

The match will be part of England’s build up to their UEFA Cup matches against Belgium and Iceland and the tie has been confirmed by the Football Association, however, it will be played behind-closed-doors because of Covid-19 restrictions.

New Zealand have played England twice before – both games in 1991 – at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland which England won 1-nil while the other match was in Wellington at Athletic Park which England won 2-nil.

The Wembley match will be played on 12 November and will follow the All Whites match against world number one Belgium on 9 October.

RNZ/Reuters

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