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Moss keen to seize the day for NZ

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/05/2017

Glen Moss of Wellington Phoenix. © Morne de Klerk/Getty Images Glen Moss of Wellington Phoenix. Kiwi goalkeeper Glen Moss has been lucky enough to face the likes of Brazil, Italy and Spain over a long career in the white jersey, and says he's positively itching to add a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Portugal to the list.

The 34-year-old Moss joined the All Whites set-up in 2006 and has gone on to make 29 appearances, including three in the 2009 Confederations Cup.

The newly-signed Newcastle Jets No.1 is also among the frontrunners for a starting berth in this year's tournament, where his side will face hosts Russia, Mexico and Portugal.

Among the favourites to lift the trophy, the Portuguese are likely to take a full-strength squad to Russia, including the likes of Ronaldo, Nani and enforcer Pepe.

Moss said facing "A Seleccao" in 2017 was the challenge his side needed before their 2018 World Cup qualification tilt later this year.

But the prospect of facing Ronaldo, a four-time Ballon d'Or recipient and three-time Champions League winner, was especially exciting.

"A lot of people don't realise that the success of the World Cup in 2010, a lot of that was down to the Confederations Cup in 2009 - we went to South Africa, saw the environment, facilities, transport," Moss told reporters on Wednesday.

"You're coming up against world-class opposition, guys like Cristiano Ronaldo, (so) we really want to thrive in that environment.

"I've been so fortunate in my international career to play against Brazil, Italy, Spain, sides like that where you're playing against world-class players.

"These are the ones you really have to grasp."

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