Deklan Wynne

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Deklan Wynne
Personal information
Full name Deklan Terrence Wynne[1]
Date of birth (1995-03-20) 20 March 1995 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Wing back
Club information
Current team
Colorado Rapids
Number 27
Youth career
0000–2013 East Coast Bays AFC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Wanderers SC 26 (0)
2015–2017 Whitecaps FC 2 34 (2)
2017Vancouver Whitecaps FC (loan) 0 (0)
2018– Colorado Rapids 36 (0)
National team
2014–2015 New Zealand U20 7 (0)
2015 New Zealand U23 2 (0)
2014– New Zealand 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2017

Deklan Terrence Wynne (born 20 March 1995) is a New Zealand footballer who plays as a wing back for Major League Soccer club Colorado Rapids and has appeared for the New Zealand national team. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and emigrated to New Zealand in January 2010, aged 14. The eligibility of his inclusion in an Olympic qualifying game in 2015 was successfully challenged and cost New Zealand the chance of participating in the 2016 Olympic Games.

Club career[edit]

Wynne signed for Wanderers SC from East Coast Bays AFC in 2013.[2] On 13 August 2015 Wynne signed with United Soccer League side Whitecaps FC 2. Whitecaps traded Wynne to Colorado Rapids on 21 December 2017, in exchange for $100,000 of Targeted Allocation Money.[3]

International career[edit]

Wynne first represented New Zealand at senior level, his international debut came against China in November 2014 having been called up due to injuries to Louis Fenton, and Tom Doyle. Wynne provided the assist for Chris Wood to equalise at 1–1.[4] He made further international appearances against Thailand four days later, and in March 2015, he played against South Korea.

Wynne was selected for the New Zealand national under-20 football team to play at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in May 2015. He played in all possible matches for New Zealand; three group stage games against Ukraine U-20, USA U-20, Myanmar U-20 and a Round of 16 loss against Portugal.[5]

Two months later, Wynne was again selected by the New Zealand national under-23 football team, known as the "Oly Whites" for the 2015 Pacific Games football tournament, he played in the final group stage game against New Caledonia. As non-Pacific Games Council members, New Zealand were not able to qualify for the Pacific Games semi-final, but as members of FIFA and IOC were able to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics qualifying semi-final stage. Wynne played in the semi-final, which New Zealand won 2–0 against Vanuatu. After the game, a protest was lodged by the opponents on the basis that Wynne was not an eligible player. A 3–0 victory was awarded to Vanuatu who went on to lose the Olympic qualifying final stage against Fiji on penalties after a 0–0 draw.[6]


Vanuatu formally protested the eligibility of Wynne following their 2–0 loss at the semi-final stage of the Olympic Qualifying section in which Wynne featured. OFC awarded a 3–0 victory to Vanuatu after finding that Wynne was ineligible to play in the Olympic qualifying rounds.[7]

New Zealand Football announced that they would be challenging the decision, claiming that the Pacific Games Council confirmed the eligibility of the squad in advance of the tournament and that they acted in "good faith".[8] To be eligible for the New Zealand representative team, Wynne, or a parent or grandparent would need to have been born in New Zealand, or he would have needed to have become a New Zealand citizen before the age of 18 – the age when FIFA's requirement for a player to live on the territory of the football association for five years would take effect.[9] An appeal to the OFC against their expulsion from Olympic qualifying was rejected in October 2015.[10] In January 2016, New Zealand Football successfully applied for an exemption from the FIFA eligibility requirements, making Wynne eligible to play for New Zealand.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 30 May 2015. p. 14. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Football: Phoenix pair to miss All Whites tour". NZ Herald. 8 November 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Brave All Whites earn draw". New Zealand Football. Archived from the original on 23 April 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  5. ^ Deklan WynneFIFA competition record
  6. ^ Holloway, Steven (12 July 2015). "Football: Oly Whites to miss Olympics due to ineligible player". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Vanuatu and Fiji to contest Olympic final". 12 July 2015. Archived from the original on 15 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  8. ^ "NZF statement: Player eligibility". 12 July 2015. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  9. ^ "FIFA Statutes (2015 edition)" (pdf). 17 March 2015. p. 64. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  10. ^ Johnstone, Duncan (23 October 2016). "New Zealand Football's Olympics eligibility appeal to Oceania fails". Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  11. ^ Strang, Ben (15 January 2016). "Deklan Wynne now eligible to represent New Zealand in football". Retrieved 1 June 2016.

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