European Championships

Chris Wood to captain New Zealand for Confed Cup warm-ups

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) England-based striker Chris Wood will captain New Zealand during its build-up to next month's Confederations Cup.

Wood, who won the golden boot with 24 goals for Leeds in England's second-tier League Championship this season, takes over from West Ham defender Winston Read, who is unavailable with a knee injury.

New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson on Friday named a 23-man squad for matches against Northern Ireland, Dublin club side Carbinteely FC and Belarus ahead of New Zealand's first Confederations Cup match against Russia on June 17 in St. Petersburg.