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Winning goal delights NZ's Fallon

Rory Fallon
Fallon only made his debut for New Zealand in September 2009

Plymouth Argyle and New Zealand striker Rory Fallon has described scoring the goal that took his country to the World Cup Finals as an "amazing buzz".

The 27-year-old's first-half header against Bahrain last weekend ensured New Zealand a place in the World Cup for the first time since 1982.

"Whenever you score you get that amazing buzz, but that goal was just something else," Fallon said.

"The World Cup is the ultimate - the pinnacle of a footballer's life."

"To get in is just awesome, I can't believe it and I'm just going to work so hard to do well in it," he told BBC Sport.

In the past, New Zealand's strong rugby tradition has led to football being overlooked by the majority of sports fans in the country.

Everyone loves the All Blacks but I think there's too much of it and people are wanting a change

Rory Fallon

But Fallon is hoping that the Kiwis 1-0 win over Bahrain in the play-offs and their subsequent trip to South Africa next year, will go some way to reversing that trend.

"Netball gets a higher seat than football [in New Zealand], so for us to take the headlines is a welcome change.

"I think New Zealand is getting to the stage where it's All Blacks overkill.

Fallon thrilled with qualification

"Everyone loves the All Blacks but I think there's too much of it and people are wanting a change and so to get in a World Cup is just massive for the country."

With Fallon set to return to club action with Plymouth Argyle against Leicester in the Championship on Saturday, the striker said he now wants to make the most of the domestic season.

"You've got to work hard in training and you've got to play well, because if you don't play well then you're not going to go onto a tournament confidently.

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"I went into this game [Bahrain] confident because I played well against Doncaster and I want to do that for the World Cup.

"I want to be the strongest and fittest that I can be."



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