Tommy Smith ‘disappointed’ by New Zealand exit

TOMMY Smith has spoken of his disappointment over the “result and performance” after his New Zealand side suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at the hands of New Caledonia in the semi-finals of the Oceania Nations Cup.

The All Whites skipper had hoped to lead his country to their first silverware under his captaincy.

But they suffered a surprise defeat in the last four – a result which saw them lose any chance of appearing in next season’s Confederations Cup in Brazil.

By virtue of their semi-final appearance, New Zealand moved a step closer to the next World Cup – a small crumb of comfort for Smith and his team mates.

The Ipswich centre-back, who made his 15th international appearance, tweeted: “Very disappointing result and performance. We will bounce back and learn from this experience and be a stronger squad for it.

“Need to make sure we nail 3rd spot and then regroup for the next stage of qualifiers. Conditions will favour us more in a home and away comp.

“Thanks for all the support from both NZ and Eng, it’s all greatly appreciated and we will give you all something to cheer about!!”

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