The New Zealand soccer team is in hard training for their crucial World Cup qualifying match against China in Singapore on Sunday (10 January).
SV New Zealand soccer team walk onto practice field. (2 SHOTS)
SV & CU Team changing into training shoes. (4 SHOTS)
CU John Adshead team coach speaking to team.
LV & SV Players exercising. (2 SHOTS)
SV & CU Players exercise. (2 SHOTS)
CU Steve Summer player, talking to reporter. (3 SHOTS)
SV & CU Team exercises. (2 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: ADSHEAD: "After ten months of playing the game, we're left now in a situation where it's all going to boil down to one day in Singapore in just over a week's time. So let's begin now to get our attitudes right. Let's forget the bits of glory that we've had, let's forget a few pats on the back that we've had that you've deserved; but it all means nothing to you as individuals unless we can put it together on that night and really look to get us into Spain."
SUMNER: "I'd give up ten Christmases really to get to Spain, so there's no problems there."
HUNTER WELLS, REPORTER: "Is there going to be a big build-up for this game?"
SUMNER: "I think the next two or three days will hit us fairly hard and get rid of the Christmas pud and things like that, and then after that we'll probably take it down a little bit. You can't hammer us too hard later in the week."
REPORTER: "Are the lads going to get to Spain?"
SUMNER: "Well that's what it's all about, there is no two ways about it. And we've arrived this far and lost one game in fourteen or fifteen, there's no way we're going to lose another one."
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Background: The New Zealand soccer team is in hard training for their crucial World Cup qualifying match against China in Singapore on Sunday (10 January). The game is a play-off between the teams after they finished level on points and goal difference in their World Cup qualifying group. Kuwait won the group and a place in the finals to be held in Spain this summer. China and New Zealand finished equal second after New Zealand won their last match five goals to nil against Saudi Arabia. The New Zealand team have been holding their last training sessions in Auckland before departing for Singapore, where they will try to reach the World Cup Finals for the first time in their history. The winners of the play-off match will become the last of the twenty four finalists to quality.