Kiwi power!

Chris Wood of New Zealand is an emerging talent for the Kiwis.

Chris Wood is set to make his debut for New Zealand at the Confederations Cup.

New Zealand forward Chris Wood, left, made his Premiership debut for West Brom in April. ((Ryan Pierse/Getty Images))


Born: Dec. 7, 1991, in Auckland, New Zealand

Position: Forward

Clubs played for: A product of West Bromwich Albion's youth academy, he made his senior debut for the club on April 11, 2009, as a substitute in a Premier League match against Portsmouth.

International career: Wood represented his country at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea. He has yet to appear for New Zealand's senior national team, but that could change at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Why is he so special? Still only 17, Wood is a tall and physical player who uses his size to his advantage in his role as a target man.

His most famous moment: Making his Premiership debut for West Brom against Portsmouth on April 11, 2009.

He said it: "Getting a full international cap would be amazing. Growing up, playing for your country is something every little kid dreams about."

What they're saying about him: "Chris has gone to a good club, spent a decent amount of time in a very competitive environment and been good enough to pave his way through to coming off the bench in a Premier League game. That speaks volumes and he thoroughly justifies his place in the squad." (New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert)

Here's an interesting fact: Woods is one of only five New Zealanders to have played in the English Premier League.