15 Nov 2009

Nelsen says World Cup achievement in front of home crowd is extra special

6:23 pm on 15 November 2009

The All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen says winning their way to next year's football world cup in South Africa, in front of a home crowd has made achievement all the more special.

The All Whites one nil win over Bahrain in Wellington last night means a New Zealand side will compete at the event for the first time in almost 30 years.

Nelsen who plays for English premier league side Blackburn Rovers, says he's never experienced a major footballing achievement in front of a home crowd.

He says he's used to play at major venues like Old Trafford, and while he doesn't see the win as a career defining moment it's one he will always treasure.