- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - West Ham defender Winston Reid is among the leading players unavailable for New Zealand at the Oceania Nations Cup in Papua New Guinea this month.

New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson said he had not chosen Reid after his injury-disrupted Premier League season.

On Tuesday, Reid scored a late goal to give sixth-place West Ham a 3-2 victory over Manchester United in the final match at Upton Park.

Also, former captain Tommy Smith made himself unavailable to go to Papua New Guinea, likely ending his international career.

“Tommy has not been able to commit to us again and, as a result, I will not be selecting him for the All Whites going forward,” Hudson said.

Goalkeeper Glen Moss will miss the tournament to undergo eye surgery and strikers Ryan Thomas and Alex Rufer are injured.

The Nations Cup, which begins May 28, is the first stage of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The winner of the eight-team competition will also represent Oceania at next year’s Confederations Cup in Russia.

Four years ago, Tahiti won a surprise Nations Cup title and played at the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil.

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