All Whites defender Tommy Smith is confident he can help the team getting their tour of Ireland of to a successful start on Friday night (Saturday morning NZT).
The first of three games Anthony Hudson’s side will play before the FIFA Confederations Cup starts in Russia in 17 days time, New Zealand face the World No 26 who are high on confidence after reaching the round of 16 at Euro 2016.
Smith knows many of the players in the Northern Ireland squad and has helped form the game plan for the international friendly.
Smith is fully fit and raring to go and we caught up with the Ipswich Town FC defender ahead of the fixture.
All Whites fixtures pre-FIFA Confederations Cup
2 June v Northern Ireland in Belfast, Northern Ireland (3 June NZT)
6 June v Cabinteely FC in Dublin, Republic of Ireland (7 June NZT)
12 June v Belarus in Minsk, Belarus (13 June NZT)
Friendly internationals live on SKY Sport
2017 FIFA Confederations Cup – All Whites draw
17 June 6pm (3am 18 June NZT) v Russia, Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg
21 June 9pm (6am 22 June NZT) v Mexico Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
24 June 6pm (3am 25 June NZT) v Portugal, Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg
All FCC matches live on SKY Sport