Nelsen eyes World Cup spot

Defender targets New Zealand success

Nelsen: Proud

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Defender Ryan Nelsen is dreaming of playing in the World Cup with New Zealand.

The All Whites clinched top spot in the Oceania qualifying section last month and they are now just 180 minutes away from reaching the 2010 tournament.

They will face the fifth-placed Asian nation for a place in South Africa and Nelsen is looking forward to the next challenge.

"We are 180 minutes away from the World Cup and in better position that most countries," said the Blackburn man.

"We are an all right team and if we got there it would the equivalent of Brighton beating Manchester City (in the Carling Cup)."

Not even 60 hours' flying time could prevent Nelsen bursting with pride at captaining New Zealand in their last qualifier against New Caledonia

He added: "The more you worry about something like that, the more it affects you.

"Being captain was really good as I had not played in a long time. It was a good experience and so much fun.

"The guys were brilliant and made everything really enjoyable."