Whitecaps FC2 (WFC2) left back Deklan Wynne has been called up by the New Zealand national team for the upcoming 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup – a precursor to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia next year.
Entering the tournament as Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Nations Cup winners, the Kiwis are in Group A and face hosts Russia in the opening match on Saturday, June 17. New Zealand will then face CONCACAF champions Mexico on Wednesday, June 21 before wrapping up the group stage against last year’s EURO champions Portugal on Saturday, June 24.
Wynne, 22, has seven senior international appearances for his country, most recently against Fiji in World Cup qualifying action in March.
The Auckland, New Zealand native made his first team debut on Tuesday when he came on as a second half substitute in the 2-1 Canadian Championship first leg win over Montreal Impact at BC Place. During the current USL season, the WFC2 defender has one goal in seven league appearances.
WFC2 are back in action at home this coming Sunday, May 28 against Real Monarchs SLC at Langley’s McLeod Athletic Park. Fans are invited to bring their dogs to the match as part of Mutts at McLeod. For more information, visit whitecapsfc.com/muttsatmcleod.