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World Cup Qualifying - OFC

 By John Duerden

Coach Anthony Hudson charting a new attacking course for New Zealand

New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson wants his team to play an attacking style during their qualification campaign for the 2018 World Cup and beyond.

At the 2010 World Cup, New Zealand were determined, doughty and difficult to beat. The All Whites drew all three games against Slovakia, Paraguay and Italy to finish above the defending champions. It was a fine achievement.

For Russia 2018 however, head coach Anthony Hudson wants a little more. Not just to qualify but to play a brand of attacking, ambitious and aggressive football against the top teams on the planet.

Since taking the job in August last year, the Englishman, just 34, has started...

Herbert: Bahrain tie was pressure

New Zealand boss Ricki Herbert believes his squad is under less pressure than they were four years ago heading into the second-leg of a World Cup qualifier.

The All Whites will face Mexico in Wellington on Wednesday needing a small miracle to overcome a 5-1 first-leg deficit to book their place at Brazil next year.

However, four years ago, trying to qualify for their first World Cup in 28 years, New Zealand welcomed Bahrain locked at 0-0 and grabbed...

All Whites to hold heads high

New Zealand midfielder Michael McGlinchey said the All Whites are determined to end their World Cup qualification campaign with their “heads held high”.

Michael McGlinchey was at the double for New Zealand in Christchurch
Michael McGlinchey and the All Whites want to end their World Cup qualification with their "heads held high."

The All Whites return to New Zealand for the second leg of their intercontinental playoff with Mexico after falling to a 5-1 drubbing at the Estadio Azteca.

But despite their...

New Zealand name Roux for qualifiers

Young Central Coast Mariners defender Storm Roux has been named in the New Zealand 23-man squad to play a two-legged play-off for a place at next year's World Cup in Brazil.

Storm Roux has been named in New Zealand's squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Mexico.
Storm Roux has been named in New Zealand's squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Mexico.

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Roux, who is an Under-20 New Zealand international, has never been capped at international level, but was called upon by coach Ricki Herbert for the crucial games against Mexico.

Herbert has also included the club-less Tony Lochhead and Jeremy...

All Whites could face FIFA sanction

New Zealand face the threat of a FIFA sanction after Mexican club Queretaro reacted angrily to the All Whites cancelling a friendly between the two sides.

New Zealand celebrate after Chris Killen put them in front against New Caledonia
New Zealand could be sanctioned for cancelling a game against Mexican club Queretaro.

New Zealand and Queretaro were expected to meet in a six-team tournament in Los Angeles as the All Whites continue their preparation for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against the fourth-best CONCACAF side.