Winston Reid carried on the feelgood theme to West Ham United's Football United tour of New Zealand by dropping in for a for a chat on the country's most popular breakfast programme on Monday.

The All Whites captain had an early start to get to the studios ahead of his 8.15am appearance (9.15pm Sunday in the UK) on the One News Breakfast sofa.

Reid was in a bright and cheery mood, however, as he explained how excited the squad were to be visiting his homeland.


"If you told me four years ago that this tour would be happening I probably wouldn't have believed you but things have panned out pretty well with my team and we're enjoying ourselves here," said the No2.

"For me personally, coning home and seeing my family is good, but we're in the middle of pre-season so we need to put some hard work into it. It's also good for New Zealand as a country to be able to come out and see two quality games.

"My team-mates are enjoying it. It's a different culture and everyone in New Zealand has been friendly and welcoming. We have to put the hard yards in and we have to do our work down here but we've got time outside the pitch to enjoy ourselves."

Reid's ankle injury last season not only meant he missed vital games for his Club but also the opportunity to help his country make it to the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.

The All Whites lost a two-legged Play-Off with Mexico 9-3 on aggregate last November and the Hammers' No2 is determined to get over that disappointment by helping his country qualify for Russia 2018.

"The most frustrating part about watching the World Cup over the summer was thinking back to when I was injured in November and I couldn't be a part of that. But I watched the World Cup as a fan and I loved every moment.

"We will be looking to qualify for that World Cup in 2018 but we've got a lot of hard work ahead of us."

The central defender capped off a busy morning by inviting children from his old school to join in a special coaching session after training.

A group of youngsters from Milford School had a great kickabout on the pitch at the North Harbour Stadium, and Reid said it was important to offer something in return for the hospitality the squad have been afforded thus far.

"It's about reaching out to the public and trying to give something back to the kids and trying to encourage them."

Football United Tour

Wellington Phoenix v West Ham United
Wednesday 23 July 2014, 7.30pm (local time)
Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand

Sydney FC v West Ham United
Saturday 26 July 2014, 2pm (local time)
Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand

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