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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

World Cup qualifying: New Zealand thrash Vanuatu to book passage

Chris Wood, New Zealand
Chris Wood netted twice in the win over Vanuatu.

New Zealand cruised into the third round of Oceania World Cup qualifying with a 5-0 thrashing of Vanuatu in the OFC Nations Cup.

The All Whites' goals came in the first half, as coach Anthony Hudson also moved his team to the brink of a place in next week's OFC Nations Cup semifinals.

Captain Chris Wood netted twice in the opening six minutes, before Michael McGlinchey added the third in the 10th minute. Rory Fallon made it 4-0 on 19 minutes with Kosta Barbarouses,...

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World Cup qualifying: New Zealand and Solomon Islands make winning starts

Chris Wood, New Zealand
Chris Wood wrapped up New Zealand's win from the spot.

New Zealand made a winning start to their Oceania Nations Cup Group B campaign when they beat Fiji 3-1 in Papua New Guinea to boost their World Cup qualifying bid.

The All Whites took the lead after 16 minutes when Themi Tzimopoulos scored his first international goal and seemed in complete control when Rory Fallon added a second three minutes before half-time.

Fiji cut the deficit in first-half stoppage time when striker Roy Krishna converted from the penalty spot.

But New Zealand wrapped up the...

Anthony Hudson hails New Zealand mentality ahead of Queensland friendly

Anthony Hudson's side are preparing for their Oceania Nations Cup opener against Fiji.

Coach Anthony Hudson has praised the mental strength the All Whites are showing as they prepare for the second of three training games in Queensland ahead of the Oceania Nations Cup.

The New Zealanders won the first warm-up fixture 2-0 against Western Pride FC, with goals from Monty Patterson and Bill Tuiloma.

Their other warm-up fixtures are also against Queensland National Premier League sides, Redlands United on Sunday and Brisbane City on Tuesday, before they open their Nations Cup campaign...

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2026 World Cup hosting vote postponed three years until 2020

During his visit to Seoul, South Korea FIFA president Gianni Infantino shared his new vision for FIFA.

The hosts of the 2026 World Cup will be decided in May 2020, three years later than originally scheduled because of the corruption scandals that have engulfed FIFA.

In an attempt to avoid the recriminations that dogged the 2010 decision to give the 2018 World Cup to Russia and 2022 tournament to Qatar, world football's governing body will try a four-phase approach for 2026.

This will effectively be a year of consultation and then three years of "bid preparation" and evaluation, but a decision on...

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...