• Anthony Hudson steps down as coach of New Zealand
  • Decision comes after World Cup qualification play-off defeat to Peru
  • Hudson led All Whites to the 2016 OFC Nations Cup title

Anthony Hudson has stepped down as New Zealand coach following the All Whites' elimination from 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ contention last Wednesday in the intercontinental play-off against Peru.

The 36-year-old Englishman came into the role following New Zealand's play-off defeat against Mexico in November 2013.

“As a group, we were obviously sad to not achieve our goal of qualifying for the World Cup, but from where we were three years ago to where we were in the dying few minutes of the game against Peru, I have to say I’m incredibly proud of all the players and staff, they were magnificent," said Hudson.

"They were together, they played with pride and bravery and were superb when we had a mountain to climb. The effort they have put in for this team over the years has been first class.

"I am proud of how far the team have come in the past three years and I hope that my time here has built the foundation for future success. I have no doubt New Zealand has a great team that is capable of achieving big things on the world stage.”

Under Hudson, New Zealand reclaimed the OFC Nations Cup last year, having been dethroned by Tahiti in 2012.

The All Whites subsequently competed in this year's FIFA Confederations Cup, where Hudson became the youngest-ever coach to feature in the tournament.