Leeds United forward Chris Wood has been given a boost after being told he will captain New Zealand in their upcoming games. Wood has been in impressive goalscoring form this season, which has helped Leeds United’s push for promotion.

Tvnz have revealed Wood will replace West Ham United defender Winston Reid as the captain of New Zealand for their two games against Fiji. Reid picked up a groin injury during West Ham’s defeat to Leicester City at the weekend, and the Hammers star is unlikely to play any part in the two World Cup qualifiers.

Last November Leeds United’s Wood also filled in as the New Zealand captain when Reid was ruled out of the game with New Caledonia. Wood is vital to New Zealand’s World Cup qualifying campaign, but the West Ham player will be a big miss.

Wood is Leeds United’s man of the moment, and was on hand to score a brace against promotion rivals Brighton on Saturday. The forward is now out on his own as the Championship’s top goalscorer after pulling away from Newcastle United star Dwight Gayle in recent weeks.