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Graham Set to Fulfil All Whites Ambitions

29 September 2016

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The Spireites could soon have another full international after debutant full-back Liam Graham was selected for the upcoming New Zealand tour to the USA.

The Melbourne-born Kiwi, who has played at youth levels for his country, was only brought in for his first Chesterfield start last weekend at Bury, but has done enough for All Whites coach Anthony Hudson to give the 24-year-old his first call-up.

The All Whites start off with a match against Mexico on Saturday, October 8 in Nashville, Tennessee before heading to Washington DC to face the USA themselves the following Tuesday.

Graham talked through how he got the news: "I was emailed by them a while ago asking me for some passport details because I might be in the squad travelling in the squad to the US, I thought it was good for them to be in contact but didn't think much of it.

"Then I got an email on Monday morning that I'd been selected, but it still hadn't really sunk in until I got an email from the manager on Monday night saying 'Hey Liam, it's Anthony Hudson. Are you free for a talk?' He called me up and said what players want to hear.

"He said he wanted to bring me in, he'd seen my games and then it really sunk in for me. That was really good the Monday night before the game to fire me up and prove myself. It'll be a brilliant opportunity and a brilliant experience."

The call-up means that the Spireites' trip to Coventry City on October 8 has been postponed, with Graham explaining who was first to find out about his international inclusion.

"My brother happened to call me so he was the first person he said I needed to calm down and then I spoke to other family members.

"There are a few qualifiers coming up in New Zealand, so hopefully I can do well in this and get called-up again."

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