Star defender Abby Erceg confirms return to Football Ferns

Erceg stepped away from the side in 2018.
Erceg stepped away from the side in 2018. Photo credit: Getty

Former All Whites captain Abby Erceg has confirmed her availability for a return to the international fold.

The 29-year-old stepped away from the New Zealand side in May 2018, in light of the controversial tactical approach of then-coach Andreas Heraf.

With new coach Tom Sermanni now on board and the Women's World Cup on the horizon, the veteran defender has declared herself open to selection.

Sermanni said Erceg's return would be a significant addition to the side, as they prepare for the bumper campaign ahead.

"Abby is a world-class and highly experienced international player," said Sermanni.

"To have someone of her ability make herself available for the programme as we build to the World Cup is a huge boost for everyone."

The 132-cap international is regarded as one of the best at her position, starring for the North Carolina Courage in North America's National Women's Soccer, where she earned the title of Defender of the Year in 2018.

Erceg's comeback follows midfielder Katie Duncan's announcement earlier this week that she'll also come out of retirement to play under Sermanni.

The team will gather in Auckland for a training camp this week, as they prepare for the ingural Cup of Nations against Australia, Argentina and Korea Republic next month.




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