All Whites skipper Winston Reid will enjoy a break before deciding his footballing future.
“My body feels fine,” he said after New Zealand’s World Cup dream ended in Doha. “I’ll just see what happens.”
The 33-year-old defender has made the All Whites his top priority since ending his contract with English Premier League side West Ham United last year.
Since then, he’s put to bed concerns about his fitness and long-term rehabilitation after knee injuries with a series of stoic individual displays at the helm of the New Zealand defence.
Going into the World Cup play-off against Costa Rica, coach Danny Hay said his captain was “as fit as he’s ever been.”
Whether he finds a new club for another season remains to be seen.
In the meantime, he says he was “very proud of the guys” who wore the white shirts against Costa Rica.
“I knew we were able to play up to this level.
“We should have deserved more but that’s football.”
Reid said he wished FIFA had allocated “someone more experienced” to referee the game.
“Some decisions didn’t go our way, but that’s football.
Reid said he now hoped the New Zealand public can see more of this side and what it’s capable of.