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Underdog All Whites seek bite

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/10/2016

All Whites veteran Rory Fallon © Hannah Peters/GETTY IMAGES All Whites veteran Rory Fallon They may be light years apart when it comes to world rankings but veteran All Whites striker Rory Fallon believes being rank outsiders suits them down to the ground ahead of friendlies against Mexico and the United States.

The 88th-ranked Kiwis face world No.14 Mexico and 26th-ranked US later this month with 34-year-old Fallon confident Anthony Hudson's side will give a good account of themselves.

"We can beat these teams. There's no point going out and playing these teams if we don't think we're going to beat them because we're going to facing a lot harder teams come the Confederations Cup.

"We've got to get used to being put under a lot of pressure, but we do go in as underdogs and I always feel as New Zealanders we always push ourselves a lot more when we are the underdogs."

Fallon says there is less pressure on the side to get results on this trip compared to the Oceania Nations Cup which they won in scrappy fashion in June to qualify for next year's Confederations Cup in Russia.

"In the islands we are expected to win and you have to win, no matter what, whereas these games you're not expected to win," says the striker for Truro City club in the sixth-tier of English football,

The All Whites that have arrived in camp had a light training session in Nashville on Sunday as they build into their work ahead of October 8's match against Mexico at the city's Nissan Stadium.

Mexico denied New Zealand a place at the 2014 World Cup by winning their Intercontinental Playoff 9-3 on aggregate and Fallon believes the match will provide a good guide for the side as they build towards their 2018 qualifying campaign.

"It is important to get good results and good performances because that builds team momentum and team belief.

"Mexico will be very similar to what we will be facing from South America (if NZ win the Oceania play-offs) so that'll be a great tester to see where we're at."

The All Whites also play the United States in Washington DC on October 11.

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