Stuart Dallas of Northern Ireland and Chris Wood of New Zealand will face up tonight as the two nations meet in an international friendly. Chris Wood has been names the All Whites captain after a very productive season both at club and international level.

Northern Ireland head into the game in good form and a year after they were preparing for Euro 2016 in France, a tournament that they did very well in, progressing from the group only to be knocked out by Gareth Bale and his Welsh side who would eventually fall in the semi-final. Stuart Dallas had a very good month in France but never really recovered from the physical strain this season and didn’t really get going once the season got underway.

The same can’t be said for Chris Wood who, after a slow start had his best ever season in football and ended on 30 league goals for the club, taking him into an elite group at Leeds United. He has scored on a regular basis for both club and country and has been names the captain of his national side, something that is a huge honour for him. He has been speaking about the situation at Leeds ahead of the game and has said “that is football” regarding Garry Monk, “we move on”. Which one of the two will come out on top we will know later tonight.

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Born in Gibraltar, raised in Scotland from a very young age. Been a huge fan of Leeds United since I could walk and talk, thanks to my Dad, the English half of me. After a few years in Australia I moved to Leeds, the trips from Scotland down to the city a few times a season didn't cut it. Love the city. Love the people, and the 12 hour round trip to Elland Road is about a 20 minute round trip. Love writing about the club, the more I write the more I feel comfortable doing it. As long as it's enjoyable I'll continue to do so, keep looking to step it up and progress as well. Leeds United is more than just a football team for me, as is it with so many others.

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