It has been a long wait for whites. Their team last saw WC finals back in 1982 held in spain.New Zealand's first challenge in its qualifying campaign was the OFC Nations Cup. New Zealand won five out of the six games in the OFC Nations Cup with one loss to Fiji where Roy Krishna scored a double.
passion for football will serve All Whites manager Phil Warbrick well at next month's World Cup in South Africa.The former Onehunga High School first 11 captain will oversee the squad's preparation, with warm-up matches against Australia, Serbia and Slovenia before they head to the cup.
James Bannatyne (Team Wellington), Glen Moss (Melbourne Victory), Mark Paston (Wellington Phoenix)
Andy Boyens (New York Red Bulls), Tony Lochhead (Wellington Phoenix), Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn Rovers), Winston Reid (FC Midtjylland), Ben Sigmund (Wellington Phoenix), Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town), Ivan Vicelich (Auckland City)
Jeremy Brockie (Newcastle Jets), Rory Fallon (Plymouth Argyle), Chris Killen (Middlesbrough), Shane Smeltz (Gold Coast United), Chris Wood (West Bromwich Albion)
Man to watch:
Shane Smeltz will be the player to watch in all whites side , Smeltz has won 30 caps and scored 16 times for his country . He has given a good performance for his club Gold Coast United too , scoring 19 from 26 matches so far .Smeltz scored nine goals on his Gold Coast United debut as Miron Bleiberg's men recorded a 12–1 victory in their inaugural outing, a friendly against Mudgeeraba SC.
They are most likely to end their tournament in the group stages .