The QPR and New Zealand defender Ryan Nelsen has said that he is extremely surprised by the start that the club has made to the new Premier league season.
After the 2-2 draw with Wigan during the weekend, QPR have set a new record for the most number of matches without a win at the start of a new season. QPR have now not managed a single victory in the opening 16 matches of the Premier league, which has left them eight points adrift of safety. They remain rooted to the bottom of the table, despite having spent a lot of money on new players in the summer.
The New Zealand national football team manager Ricki Herbert has decided to keep his faith in the players who have rewarded him excellently in the last few matches. New Zealand have been one of the inform teams in the oceanic region.
The manager has decided not to make any wholesale changes for the upcoming friendly match against China. New Zealand are expected to qualify ahead of the other teams from the oceanic region after they have managed five successive wins on the trot. This has put them in good position going into the final few rounds of qualification.
New Zealand will be looking to get revenge on New Caledonia when the two sides meet each other in the World Cup qualifying group for the oceanic countries.
New Zealand will be hoping to seal a spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, while it was New Caledonia who actually denied them the opportunity to take part in the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil. New Zealand had already played at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and will be looking to enjoy the experience once again when they attempt to seal the spot for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The New Zealand national team manager Ricki Herbert has said that he will be utilising an experimental squad in the opening match of the Indian tour against URO United Sikkim. However, he has also said that he expects strong showing from his squad.
New Zealand national team manager Ricki Herbert has dismissed suggestions that the third place finish at the Oceania Nations Cup has reduced to the possibilities of the national team making an appearance in the World Cup for the second consecutive time.
The 2014 World Cup will be held in Brazil and the qualification has already begun in various continents, with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo set to face off in the group stages.
The New Zealand squad that will take part in the World Cup qualifiers and the matches against Honduras and El Salvador has been recently announced.
Due to the injury to veteran Ryan Nelsen, it has been announced that that uncapped players Ian Hogg and Adam McGeorge will be part of the squad. Adam McGeorge was part of the New Zealand under 23 team and used to captain the team.
New Zealand Football Chairman Frank van Hattum has said that he is extremely shocked by the decision of captain Tim Brown to retire from the international duty after eight years of hard football.