All Whites coach focusing on NZ's World Cup qualifier rather than speaking to media




All Whites coach Anthony Hudson has defended New Zealand Football's decision to limit media access to the team throughout the week, saying their priority is getting the national side to the World Cup in Russia.

Anthony Hudson defended his limited media sessions today ahead of tomorrow's Solomon Islands clash.
Source: 1 NEWS

Hudson said at today's press conference that bringing the national side together to train has been difficult enough as it is with players flying in from overseas.

He believes he needs to put first his players' health and balance their limited time together before the World Cup qualifying matches.

"The session was always closed (yesterday), it wasn't a last minute decision. I don't know where the angst is come from," said Hudson.

"The best way we are going to sell the game is if we get to the World Cup.

"I understand your jobs (media), we want to give you lots of time but I have to do what is right for the team and make sure we are ready for Friday night."

The All Whites take on the Solomon Islands tomorrow night at North Harbour Stadium.

"We played at home three matches in three years," said Hudson.

"So the time we are here is two or three days here now.

"It's just not enough time to go and do all these wonderful things and get the players out.

"We just can't do it."

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