The All Whites’ first-choice left wing-back had groin surgery at the start of May but is expected to be fit for the World Cup.
He was rested for the dead rubber against Fiji, the only qualifying match he missed. The 28-year-old can play either as a wing-back, as he did in the two play-off matches against Bahrain, or as an orthodox full-back. He played every minute of New Zealand’s Confederations Cup campaign.
Lochhead played college football in the USA with Santa Barbara before earning a deal with MLS side New England Revolution in 2005.
He joined newly-formed Wellington Phoenix in 2007, becoming one of Ricki Herbert’s first signings. He missed only one regular-season league game in 2009/10, becoming the first Phoenix player to make 50 A-League appearances (the franchise only formed three years ago), and had an unsuccessful trial with Middlesbrough in 2008.
His brother Jason is a professional beach volleyball player. He played the sport as a youth, winning a silver medal in the junior Olympics. His girlfriend is a former Miss New Zealand.
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