|Though they were hardly tested in qualifying, New Zealand has to feel confident after going undefeated (and outscoring their opponents 50-0) during the Oceania championship… As one of the tournament underdogs, New Zealand won't be burdened by expectations - all the pressure will be on their opponents… The Kiwis have several players who can score, including Amber Hearn, Sarah Gregorius, Rosie White and Hannah Wilkinson.||New Zealand has a young roster, filled with players lacking international experience… The Kiwis have several players playing at club level in Europe and the U.S., but a lack of depth of quality talent is a real concern… New Zealand is in a tough group with Japan, England and Mexico, making their passage to the quarter-finals all the more difficult.||Not surprisingly, they are not encouraging. Despite advances in the development and organization of women's football in New Zealand, it is tough to see them advancing from Group B. There are a number of players performing at a higher club level including defender Rebecca Smith, fullback Ali Riley and midfielder Hayley Moorwood but youth and inexperience is often exposed at this level. The Ferns are trying to emulate the performances of their male counterparts at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.||John Herdman is faced with the unenviable task of transforming New Zealand into a competitive team in Germany. The Englishman, who moved to New Zealand in 2002, took the Ferns to the 2007 World Cup at short notice and the Beijing Olympics in 2008 where they tied Japan and lost narrowly to Norway. Herdman's roster is among the youngest in Germany but "that can't be an excuse," he insists. Despite their inexperience, Herdman describes his team as "committed, passionate and aggressive."|
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