Player Profile

Chris Wood

Nationality :New Zealand
Date Of Birth :7/12/1991
Games Played :57
Goals :27
Position :Forward

Christopher Grant Wood (born 7 December 1991) is a New Zealand professional footballer who plays as a striker for English Premier League club Burnley and the New Zealand national team, of which he is vice captain.

Wood was born in Auckland and started his senior career with Cambridge FC, Waikato FC and Hamilton Wanderers before moving to England to play for Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.

Wood has been capped 52 times for the New Zealand national team, scoring 20 goals. He played for the side at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Early and personal life

Born in Auckland, Wood attended Royal Oak Primary and Cambridge East primary then St Paul's Collegiate School and started his youth and senior career with Cambridge FC playing in the Northern League from the age of 15, after which he attracted the attention of Waikato FC Academy prior to playing for the senior ASB Premiership club Waikato FC. He then later transferred to play for Hamilton Wanderers in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier before moving to English club West Bromwich Albion. His sister Chelsey Wood is also an accomplished footballer, having represented New Zealand at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany.

International career

Wood represented New Zealand at Under-17 level and was a standout performer for the All Whites at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, a tournament which earned him a trial with English football club West Bromwich Albion, for whom he later signed.

After a string of impressive performances for club, Wood's rise on the international stage continued and was fast-tracked into All Whites coach Ricki Herbert's squad for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, and made his debut in a friendly against Tanzania on 3 June 2009 in a warm up match to the tournament.

In May 2010, he was named in the All Whites World Cup squad, and at 18 was the youngest member of the New Zealand team which travelled to South Africa. He came on as a substitute in All Whites first group match in a 1–1 draw against Slovakia and New Zealand's first ever point in a World Cup finals match. On 20 June 2010, Wood came on as a substitute in New Zealand's famous 1–1 draw against Italy, Wood also came on as a substitute in the 0–0 draw against Paraguay on 24 June, New Zealand were knocked out of the tournament after drawing all three Group games.

Wood scored his first official international goal on 10 October 2010 in his country's 1–1 draw with Honduras He was given a yellow card for the unusual nature of his celebration of the goal, where he revealed his underwear to the spectators.

Wood scored his first international hat-trick against Solomon Islands on 10 June 2012 in the 3rd/4th play-off of the OFC Nations Cup. Wood was named in New Zealand Under 23's Squad for the 2012 Olympics where they lost to Belarus national under-23 football team on 26 July, before Wood scored for New Zealand Under 23's in a 1–1 draw against Egypt Under 23's on 29 July 2012 at Old Trafford, Wood also started the final group game in a 3–0 defeat to Brazil Under 23's which saw New Zealand Olympic squad knocked out of the tournament.

On 14 November 2014, Wood became the youngest ever captain for NZ All Whites, a record previously held by Tommy Smith.

Wood scored 4 goals in the 2016 OFC Nations Cup for New Zealand, helping them win the tournament and to qualify for the Confederations Cup.

With Wood being his country's vice captain, in the absence of captain Winston Reid, Wood Captained his country twice during the month of November 2016, in a 3–0 victory against New Caledonia, and then a 0–0 draw also against New Caledonia.

After being selected as captain for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, on 21 June 2017, Wood scored his only goal of the tournament in a 2–1 defeat against Mexico.