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New Zealand search for next Winston Reid and spot in 2018 World Cup

Former New Zealand national team coach Ricki Herbert outlines his 2016 wishes for the country.

With Winston Reid continuing to be a key member of an over achieving West Ham United side, New Zealand sports' fans of all varieties are keeping an eye on the English Premier League this season.

But the All Whites' captain aside, there are many other talking points for the beautiful game in the land of the long white cloud, going into the New Year.

Here are five wishes for New Zealand football in 2016.

1. All Whites to qualify for Russia 2018

It is incredibly important that New Zealand qualify for...

AFC World Cup qualifying on mind of new Maldives' coach Ricki Herbert

Herbert took over as Maldives coach in September, midway through their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Playing and coaching for New Zealand at different World Cups -- Spain 1982 and South Africa 2010 -- and now starting a new role with the Maldives national team provide evidence of what can be possible in football, no matter where you are from.

As a central defender, I appeared in all three games in New Zealand's first World Cup finals' appearance more than three decades ago, which would help me earn a dream move to Wolverhampton Wanderers in England.

But I am probably best known for coaching the...

 By John Duerden

New Zealand boss Hudson urges FFA to keep Wellington in the A-League

New Zealand national team manager is confident that the team is moving in the right direction.

It can't be easy being coach of New Zealand's football team when there is not much of a league to speak of, little competitive action to be had and you are also home to some of the top teams on the planet -- of other sporting codes.

The Black Caps reached the cricket World Cup final in March and just a few weeks ago the All Blacks lifted the Rugby World Cup in London. The national football team coach Anthony Hudson is not letting that get him down, however, just the opposite.

"It was a huge pride...

Tim Cahill will start for Socceroos in Bangladesh - coach Postecoglou

FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts discuss Australia's biggest triumphs of the last decade, highlighted by their 2005 win over Uruguay.

Asian champions Australia will need to reshuffle their starting side for Tuesday night's AFC 2018 World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh in Dhaka, but veteran forward Tim Cahill is predicted to make his second consecutive start.

According to Socceroos' head coach Ange Postecoglou, Cahill has recovered well after facing up to Kyrgyzstan last Thursday and is likely to lead the line to earn his 88th cap.

But fellow attackers Tom Rogic, Tomi Juric and Mathew Leckie will be missing with injuries or illness.


New Zealand appeals expulsion from 2016 Olympics qualifying tournament

New Zealand Football has appealed the disqualification of its under-23 team from the Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament for use of an ineligible player.

President Deryck Shaw said New Zealand lodged an appeal with the Oceania Football Confederation on Friday against both the process and the grounds under which its team was ejected from the tournament in Papua New Guinea.

Shaw said New Zealand Football is also reviewing internal processes and obtaining information "on the small number of players...