Former England international Peter Taylor joins All Whites coaching team

  • 02/09/2016
Peter Taylor coaching Gillingham in 2013 (Getty Images)
Peter Taylor coaching Gillingham in 2013 (Getty Images)

The All Whites have called on former England international Peter Taylor to help them try qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Taylor, who was caretaker coach for England in one international, will be based in England and help with the New Zealand professionals playing in Europe.

He will assist All Whites head coach Anthony Hudson in working with the likes of skipper Winston Reid, striker Chris Wood, Henry Cameron, Ryan Thomas and Bill Tuiloma to assist their international preparation.

Taylor worked alongside Hudson when he was coach of Bahrain and the two have stayed in touch.

"I have a huge amount of respect for Pete," said Hudson. "When I worked with him and certainly everyone I know in football that speaks about Pete hold him in the highest regard. He's a good man, he's great to work with, he's got incredible experience and he will add a huge amount to our team."

Taylor famously handed David Beckham the captain's armband for England in a friendly game against Italy in 2000, which they lost 1-0.

As well as coaching, Taylor represented England in 1976 and played more than 100 matches for both Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur.

Taylor has been impressed by the progress made by the All Whites under Hudson and said that working with him was a big part of his decision to join the national team.

"I am very impressed with his work and his thinking," said Taylor.

"So when he phoned me and asked me if I'd like to get involved I was very interested because I just know that things Anthony gets involved with he does right. 

"He's a very serious person and he's very professional so I'm sure I'm going to come along and enjoy it and I just hope I can contribute in a positive way."

Taylor will be with the team on the upcoming tour of the USA where the All Whites face World No 14 Mexico and World No 26 USA

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