Winston Reid is hoping his fine form at West Ham United will lead to his appearance at a second FIFA World Cup finals.
Victories over New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Tahiti have put Reid's New Zealand in good shape to advance from the Oceania Group 3 phase to a two-legged play-off with the fourth-placed nation in the North, Central America and Caribbean region.
Having scored a memorable goal for his country against Slovakia at the last World Cup finals in South Africa, Reid would love to appear at a second tournament in Brazil in 18 months' time.
"We're pretty much on track right now. We have two games left in our group and, if we're lucky enough to go through, we have to play the fourth-place team in the CONCACAF qualifiers. I think the opportunity is there for us. We certainly fancy ourselves and back ourselves to come through over the two legs. We'll see how it goes but hopefully we can get to Brazil in 2014.
"I hope they don't expect us to play like Brazil if we get there! It would be an amazing experience to go to Brazil and play in a World Cup there. I was fortunate enough to play in one World Cup and there aren't a lot of people who get the opportunity to do that, so to play in two would be really cool and something I would look forward to."
The defender has enjoyed squaring off against the Pacific Island nations, despite knowing little about the players and teams he has come up against.
"I've been to some weird and wonderful places to play for my country," confirmed the Hammers No2. "I've been to New Caledonia this year, which was a real experience. It's a beautiful place and just visiting there is an experience in itself. The teams we play down there are on a different level and you never know what you are going to get because you don't have much of a clue who the players are you are up against.
"We played the Solomon Islands at home in New Zealand and I remember I was in the Nike Store doing a photo shoot and one of their coaches came in and bought 20 pairs of soccer boots for their team!
"The island nations obviously have less resource than we do, but we still treat them with respect whenever we play against them. It is always hot and muggy and they are more used to the conditions than we are, so we never know what we're going to get. We are a big scalp so they always want to beat us. We always have to try to put on the strongest possible performance."
Aside from his World Cup experiences, Reid has also relished the challenge of playing in front of huge crowds in friendly international matches across the world since making his debut against rivals Australia in May 2010.
"We played China in Shanghai in a friendly recently and there were about 20,000 people there. We usually get big crowds when we play against Australia, too. I think we played them at the Melbourne Cricket Ground once and there were about 70,000 people in the crowd. Those sort of games are special because Australia and New Zealand don't really like each other!
"I remember we played Mexico in Denver and there were 70,000 people there too and they were all Mexicans - there weren't any Kiwis there! I get to travel around the world and have experiences I would never have if I didn't play international football, which is great."