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Moss having a blast on All Whites return

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/11/2016

Goalkeeper Glen Moss says it's like making his All Whites debut again.

Moss, 33, has played 29 times for New Zealand in an international career that began in 2006, but his last cap was two years ago.

He is in line to represent his country again after being picked in a 23-man squad to face New Caledonia in a World Cup qualifier in Auckland on Saturday.

"It's just as exciting as the first time I was selected," he said after the week's first training session.

"It has been a while since I've been around this environment and I had a blast out there."

Moss is one of three goalkeeping options, along with Stefan Marinovic and Tamati Williams, and is the most experienced of them by far.

He flew up to Auckland ahead of the squad naming last week and told coach Anthony Hudson how much he wanted to be included.

"I always had my hand up for selection," the Wellington Phoenix custodian said.

"It wasn't like I wasn't picked in that squad and I threw my toys and said that was it."

Moss said the Nations Cup victory in Papua New Guinea, and the team's performances in two friendlies in the United States, where they drew 1-1 with their hosts and lost 2-1 to Mexico, showed the value of Hudson's approach of building depth.

"You've seen Tama and Stefan have shown they're worthy of being in the environment and I'm looking forward to working with them."

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