Jai Ingham, Marco Rojas named in NZ squad


Melbourne Victory forwards Marco Rojas and Jai Ingham have been called into New Zealand’s squad for two 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers this month.

New Zealand will play back-to-back games against Fiji on March 25 and 28.

The pair will miss Victory’s Hyundai A-League Round 24 match against Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium.

Rojas has earned 30 caps for the All Whites, with four of those coming in the last 10 months.

He has scored four goals for his country, including a brace against New Caledonia in December last year.

Ingham, who was born in Australia but qualifies through his New Zealand-born mother, is in line to make his international debut.

“Jai has been progressing with his club and his performances have been very good. In recent time he is getting more and more time on the pitch and his performances have been very strong,” said All Whites coach Anthony Hudson.

“He is a dynamic player, a very attacking player and he is someone who suits how we want to play.”

The news of Rojas and Ingham’s Kiwi call-up comes two days after Victory teammate James Troisi was named as part of an extended Socceroos squad for FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and the UAE this month.

New Zealand squad: Stefan Marinovic (SpVgg Unterhaching, Germany), Tamati Williams (RKC Waalwijk, Netherlands), Glen Moss (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand), Andrew Durante (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand), Thomas Doyle (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand), Michael Boxall (SuperSport United, South Africa), Kip Colvey (San Jose Earthquakes, USA), Themi Tzimopoulos (PAS Giannina FC, Greece), Deklan Wynne (Vancouver Whitecaps, Canada), Winston Reid (West Ham United, England), Sam Brotherton (Sunderland AFC, England), Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town FC, England), Dane Ingham (Brisbane Roar, Australia), Bill Tuiloma (Marseille, France), Clayton Lewis (Auckland City FC, New Zealand), Michael McGlinchey (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand), Moses Dyer (Eastern Suburbs AFC, New Zealand), Ryan Thomas (PEC Zwolle, Netherlands), Chris Wood (Leeds United, England), Monty Patterson (Ipswich Town FC, England), Marco Rojas (Melbourne Victory, Australia), Shane Smeltz (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand), Jai Ingham (Melbourne Victory FC, Australia)