New Zealand call-up for Blackpool's Cameron

Blackpool winger Henry Cameron is back to full fitness and is in line to play again for the New Zealand national team.

Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 12:27 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 2:04 pm
Henry Cameron in action against Bolton this season

The 19-year-old is training with the All Whites ahead of their games against Mexico and USA.

Cameron, who qualifies for New Zealand through his Kiwi-born mother, made his debut for the country last year in a 1-0 win against Oman.

However, his first international appearance came at a cost as he suffered what could have been a career-threatening knee injury.

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Cameron had made a bright start to his international career, sparking the attack which led to Chris Wood's only goal against Oman, before rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.

Cameron is back to full fitness, though his only two Blackpool appearances so far this season have come in cup games.

New Zealand head coach Anthony Hudson said: "“Henry is a player we are really excited about and we know he has worked incredibly hard to get back to full fitness.

“We are looking forward to having him back in our group and seeing him build on what he showed on debut for the team.”

New Zealand will play friendlies against Mexico on Saturday and the USA next Tuesday as they prepare for their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Cameron is joined in the squad by fellow England-based players Winston Reid and Chris Wood.

After nine months on the sidelines, Cameron made his return for Pool as a substitute in their 4-2 after-extra-time win against Bolton in the Capital One Cup.

He also came off the bench in the 2-1 home win against Cheltenham in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Cameron spoke of his pride after receiving his first call-up last year.

“It was a very proud moment for myself and my family and it’s an honour to be called up,” he said.

“I chose to represent New Zealand as my mum was born there and I just felt really passionate at the thought of representing New Zealand."

Cameron has been at Bloomfield Road since he was 11 and has made 25 senior appearances for his hometown club.