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Wynne bullish ahead of Fiji clash

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/03/2017

All Whites wingback Deklan Wynne has backed his side's quality to steamroll their Fijian opposition in Lautoka on Saturday.

The 21-year-old left back has rapidly risen to first-choice contention in the white shirt since his 2016 debut, racking up six appearances.

But it was all nearly snatched away from the South African-born player when he found himself at the centre of an eligibility mix-up which cost New Zealand a spot at the 2016 Olympic Games.

New Zealand's under-23 side, the Oly-Whites, were disqualified from the Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament in July after protests over Wynne's eligibility.

He has since been granted an exemption from FIFA to play for the All Whites and told reporters on Wednesday he had put the saga behind him.

Competing with Tom Doyle for a first-choice left back berth, the Vancouver Whitecaps young gun said New Zealand would look to assert their will on both 2018 World Cup qualifiers against the Bula Boys.

Four points from their home-and-away matches against the Bula Boys will be enough to send the side into the OFC play-off final.

"We'll just stick to what we've been training, won't change much, and focus on ourselves - our quality will take over," Wynne said.

"Being really positive, sticking to what (coach) Anthony Hudson wants us to do and, if we do, we can overpower Fiji as we'd like to."

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