Michael Boxall helps New Zealand to 2018 FIFA World Cup play-off match

Michael Boxall helps New Zealand to 2018 FIFA World Cup play-off match

The All Whites are a step closer to qualifying for the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 World Cup after beating Fiji 2 - 0 in their away match at Churchill Park.

All Whites coach Anthony Hudson is taking nothing for granted despite rounding up a squad which has lost injured captain Winston Reid but is otherwise at close to full strength.

"Hopefully we keep winning and head onto the finals and me and Marco [Rojas] look to have a good performance for them and then lead into finals".

It's a formidable task, but Hudson hopes to bridge the gap by having the fittest team at the tournament, able to out-run and out-last their more fancied opponents.

"Whenever we tried to play through them or put a cross in there was a load of bodies in there".

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"We might not have much action in front of goal on match day but I want them to play the game, enjoy the game - as it is a fantastic game - and not only defend".

Fiji coach Christophe Gamel speaks to media following their World Cup Qualification match against New Zealand in Wellington.

It was also a night to remember for the Ingham family, with 17-year-old Dane Ingham getting his first start and brother Jai making his global debut as a second half substitute.

"We can manage the ball, I was sure about that", he said. Last year, the New Zealand team won the Nations Cup of Oceania.

Ingham came on as a second half substitute in the 61st minute as New Zealand progressed further in their bid to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup .

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