Dane Ingham called up to New Zealand WCQ squadPosted: March 9, 2017
Young Brisbane full-back Dane Ingham has today been included in New Zealand’s upcoming 2018 World Cup Qualifiers against Fiji later this month.
The inclusion caps a meteoric rise for the 17 year old, who spent much of the season getting accustomed to his new role at right full-back after shifting back from the front third towards the end of the 2016 NPL Queensland season.
Ingham then capitalised on Brisbane’s congested fixture schedule by joining his older brother Jai in making his professional debut for the Roar in the 6-0 Asian Champions League qualifier against Global FC.
Ingham has gone on to make five appearances all up for the Roar so far this season, including making his A-League debut in round 19 against Melbourne City, before scoring his first professional goal the following week against Perth Glory.
While defensively Ingham has been on a steep learning curve in his new position, the youngster has shown the ability to get forward and provide an option on the overlap which culminated in his goal against Perth.
Dane is joined by his older brother and former Brisbane winger Jai in the All-Whites squad, with manager Anthony Hudson excited to add the duo to his squad ahead.
The duo now stand a chance at being involved in a big year for the All Whites, who will participate in the Confederations Cup in June before trying to qualify for the World Cup later in the year.
“Recently when Dane made his debut for the Roar, for me 20 – 30 minutes into the game and I was sold. I had seen enough. He is a really good player. I have said all along that I wouldn’t be adding unless they add to the squad and these two players do that. I have seen enough to know that they can come in and improve what we are doing.”- Anthony Hudson, NZ Manager.
You can read more and listen to an interview about there selection on the New Zealand Football Website here.
It’s been a busy week for Ingham, who changed agents earlier in the week.
With Ingham called up to the All Whites squad, he will miss the round 24 clash against Melbourne Victory who in turn will be without four players for the game.
Ingham joins Matt McKay in being called up for international football in the coming weeks, with club captain McKay a strong chance to participate in Australia’s upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.