At just 18 is by far the youngest member of the All Whites squad but the powerfully built Wood has not secured a ticket to South Africa just to make up the numbers, having been a regular squad member for the past year making a solid contribution in that time. As a 17-year-old Wood burst onto the scene in April last year debuting for West Bromwich Albion and in the process becoming just the fifth New Zealander to play in the English Premier League following in the footsteps of Lee Norfolk (Ipswich), Danny Hay (Leeds), Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn) and Simon Elliott (Fulham).
Soon after his debut for WBA, Wood was named New Zealand Young Player of the Year furthering his claims for an international cap. The former Hamilton Wanderers and Waikato FC striker having been in a rich vein of form for the Baggies' U-18 team, scoring 12 goals and earning praise for the U-17 international. Wood initially earned a trial at WBA after impressing at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the Korea Republic.
Wood made his international debut in a 2-1 defeat against Tanzania in Dar es Salaam and then secured his second cap against world champions Italy in a friendly a few days later immediately prior to the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009. Wood then came on as a substitute against hosts South Africa during the tournament. He made an impact off the bench in the FIFA World Cup™ play-off draw against Bahrain in Manama, having what would have been the winning goal disallowed for offside. Despite his youth Wood offers a significant presence in the forward line and is yet another target for the All Whites from dead-ball opportunities.