All Whites seek warm-up games before crucial World Cup tie against Costa Rica

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New Zealand Football wants to schedule two friendly internationals for the All Whites ahead of their mid-June FIFA World Cup play-off against Costa Rica.

And NZ Herald football writer Michael Burgess writes that one of those warm-up games could be against Peru, the side that put New Zealand out of the last World Cup in a two-match series in 2017.

Peru, 21st in the FIFA world rankings, would be ideal competition, providing a South American-style football to help prepare the All Whites for the Costa Ricans.

In return, Peru face a likely play-off against Australia and would benefit from playing New Zealand.

Burgess reports that NZ Football chief executive Andrew Pragnell will look to arrange fixtures while he is in Qatar for FIFA’s congress and the World Cup finals draw.

Asked by Burgess whether he would seek a game with Peru, Pragnell said it would be a “logical choice”.

“Definitely – in terms of what we are looking for.

“We need to weigh up their availability and the location but they are definitely an option.”

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