Hudson Happy with Friendly Games against US and Mexico

New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson express his delight at being able to test the team in the friendly matches against Mexico and the United States before the start of the World Cup qualification campaign.


New Zealand are one of the international teams not having a fixture in September. Instead, the team will be playing in use against Mexico and the United States in the first half of October. This will be used as a preparation for the oceanic World Cup qualifying group stages, which begin in November with a home match against New Caledonia.

After having successfully negotiated the second round of oceanic World Cup qualification, New Zealand will come up against New Caledonia and Fiji. Unlike the other two opponents, New Zealand have the ability to improve themselves when they come up against such tough teams. Fiji andNew Caledonia do not have any preparatory matches going into these tough qualification games. Hudson says that the players are extremely serious about making it into the World Cup 2018 in Russia. Since taking over the national team in 2014, Hudson has been working towards the single aim of achieving qualification. New Zealand shocked the world when they appeared at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
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Anthony Hudson feels that the players he picked up will step up to the plat

Anthony Hudson, the New Zealand manager, is hoping that the young players that he has picked for the forthcoming fixture versus South of Korea will step up to the plate and make their claims for a permanent spot.

Hudson’s idea behind picking so many youngsters is to give them a bit of a feel of International Football and see how many of them are ready for the highest level already.

New Zealand would not play too many friendlies ahead of their World Cup qualifying games which means they are not going to have opportunities to test what lies in their back up.

So, for this Korea game, Hudson has opted for a squad full of inexperienced players.

According to Hudson, having watched some of the guys in training, he is quite hopeful. The youngsters have shown the ability to adapt and learn quickly.

Speaking to the reporters yesterday, the boss said, “These blokes are the future and the way they have come and settled in easily, you will have to say that the signs are encouraging.” Continue reading “Anthony Hudson feels that the players he picked up will step up to the plat”