West Ham boss Sam Allardyce unhappy with Winston Reid's New Zealand call
Sam Allardyce is unhappy after West Ham defender Winston Reid was called up by New Zealand despite carrying an injury.
Last Updated: 20/10/12 2:16pm
Reid travelled halfway round the world for New Zealand's games against Tahiti, but was unable to play due to a back injury sustained earlier this month.
He is now doubtful for the Hammers' game against Southampton on Saturday and Allardyce questioned the wisdom of the call-up.
"I don't see any sense in calling them over and particularly that far, because they are injured. I don't see any sense it in at all," said the West Ham manager.
"I also think there was an underlining factor that they didn't trust him or us that he was injured.
"There's another underlining factor that tells me that the players are brought there and then they're put under enormous pressure to play, because of the loyalties to the country by the coaches and certain political elements which they have to resist.
"On one hand I'm all for international football but it doesn't make any sense to take them because they can't play. I don't understand that at all," he said.
Allardyce is also relieved to have Mohamed Diame and Guy Demel back at Upton Park unscathed after riots forced the Senegal v Ivory Coast Africa Cup of Nations qualifier to be abandoned on Sunday.
Diame was shielded by police as he fled to the dressing room late in the second half when crowd violence in the stadium erupted on to the pitch.
He added: "We had two very important players away in that horrific situation ... they've come back okay."