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Young All Whites impress McGlinchey

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/05/2016

Experienced midfielder Michael McGlinchey is ready to help a young All Whites team right the wrongs of four years ago when the Oceania Nations Cup kicks off in Papua New Guinea later this month.

The 29-year-old believes the New Zealanders will deliver an improved result from their last Oceania Cup outing in 2012, when they lost 2-0 in the semi-finals to New Caledonia.

"This Nations Cup is huge. We failed four years ago and it hindered our preparation to get to the World Cup," McGlinchey said.

"We know that it starts now - if we do well at this tournament, then it gives us some good games leading into the World Cup so it is massive for us."

The Wellington Phoenix attacker, who has played 33 games for New Zealand and scored three goals, says this week's training camp in Brisbane has shown the new-look All Whites are settling in well.

"It is a younger squad than I have been in before, but I think everyone is as hungry as ever," he said.

"We have got big Rory Fallon, who is helping all of the young boys and everybody is settling in really well."

The All Whites have three warm-up matches scheduled over the next week, and McGlinchey is looking forward to seeing what the New Zealanders can deliver as they acclimatise in Brisbane's 28C heat and 90 per cent humidity.

"There is a lot of youth but there is some experience in there as well - we will go well, but it is going to take a lot of hard work."

The All Whites' first warm-up game is against Western Pride FC on Wednesday, followed by matches against Redlands United on Sunday and Brisbane City two days later before they leave for Port Moresby, where the Nations Cup kicks off on May 28.

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