Burnley striker Chris Wood insists New Zealand would welcome a World Cup playoff with Australia.
Both countries are in the middle of playoffs for a spot in next year’s Russian tournament.
Asked if they would now give Australia a close game, he said: “One hundred per cent.
“I think right now our team is one of the best it’s ever been in New Zealand football history.
“Australia aren’t at the peak they used to be at, so I think we’d be right up there and if we played them in a one-off match or over two legs I’d definitely fancy us.”