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Ipswich Town international round-up: Tommy Smith committed to playing for New Zealand

Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith

Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith

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Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith has told a newspaper in New Zealand that he is 100% committed to playing for the national team, ahead of the All Whites’ World Cup qualifiers against Fiji.

Anthony Hudson’s team play away on Saturday at Churchill Park, before hosting the return game next Tuesday at Westpac Stadium, and Smith, who has just recovered from a long-term back injury at Portman Road, is in line to start.

Smith has played just two of New Zealand’s last 17 internationals, choosing to concentrate on his club commitments, but the 26-year-old is back in the frame, following a chat with Hudson who, originally, had said the defender would not be considered again after he pulled out of the Oceania Nations Cup campaign.

“(I’m) delighted to be back and 100 per cent committed going forwards, no question,” said Smith, speaking to the New Zealand Herald.

“I can understand (fans) questioning me, to be honest, but there are factors there that I don’t want to get into.

“It’s down to me to prove them wrong, show my commitment and hopefully win them over.”

Smith has won 29 New Zealand caps and is keen to add to his tally under Hudson.

“I needed to have that chat and lay my cards on the table,” said Smith. “Anthony wanted that 100 per cent commitment from me and I am happy to do that.

“That was the crux of the matter really. I love pulling on the shirt, but it was factors out of my hands previously that led to the decisions that I did make.”

Elsewhere, Ipswich Town defender Christophe Berra played the full game as Scotland drew 1-1 with Canada in an international friendly at Easter Road last night.

Falkirk’s Fraser Aird gave the visitors, ranked 117th in the Fifa World rankings, an 11th minute lead in Edinburgh, only for Norwich City’s Steven Naismith to equalise for the Tartan Army 10 minutes before the break.

Berra was up against the likes of former Norwich striker Simeon Jackson, one of his tormentors at Cardiff City on Saturday, Junior Hoilett, and Burnley’s Scott Arfield.

Berra’s team-mate Kevin Bru, meanwhile, plays in a double-header for Mauritius against Comoros, tomorrow and Monday, with qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations at stake.

There has also been Ipswich Town representation at youth level too this week, Andre Dozzell playing in England Under-18s 2-0 victory over their Saudi Arabia counterparts. Dozzell’s Blues team-mate, Trystan Nydam, was an unused sub.

A new supermarket chain is set to join Ransomes Europark in Ipswich, as a unit empty for seven years is finally getting a new lease of life.

Suffolk is being warned to expect high winds and a significant dip in temperatures as we near the weekend, marking the start of the real autumnal weather.

Tributes have been paid to Ipswich sports shop owner Malcolm Marriott, who has died after a lifetime of running shops in the heart of the town centre.

David Kindred takes a look at a previous Ipswich school, Martin Newbys in Fore Street, and Fisons works at Cliff Quay. Does this article bring back memories for you?

A long-running feud between a Suffolk council and residents’ group has reignited over claims of a “secretive” meeting and concerns over a £500,000 cemetery extension.

They claim the new attraction will blight their homes – and say they were not told about the plans when they bought the properties.

If a driver had been caught on a mobile phone while driving, it would be bad enough.

A man in his 20s has died and another person is in a life-threatening condition after a three vehicle crash on the A120 between Marks Tey and Coggeshall.

Police are appealing for help tracing a 32-year-old man from the Ipswich area.

CCTV images have been released after medicines and cosmetics were stolen during a burglary at Lloyds Pharmacy in Ipswich.

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