Football: New Zealand legend Maia Jackman urges need for change as Football Ferns struggles continue before World Cup

Just five months out from a World Cup on home soil, the Football Ferns' form is fast becoming cause for concern.

On Monday, they suffered a fourth straight defeat, 2-0 to Argentina, prompting one of New Zealand's best-ever players to urge the coach to try something new - before it's too late.

The sight that's becoming all too familiar for the Football Ferns.

The loss to Argentina - a team ranked five places lower in the world - came just days after they were embarrassed 5-0 by Portugal.

Less than five months out from a home World Cup, something's got to give.

"It's not good enough," said head coach Jitka Klimkova. "We realised that we have to change and we know the clock is ticking."

The team haven't scored a goal all year and in their last 16 games, they've only found the back of the net six times. Former Football Ferns star Maia Jackman believes an obvious solution could be to try someone new.

"I think everyone's worried," Jackman told Newshub. "I think it would be nice to see Milly Clegg thrown in.

"Why not give it a bash, what have we got to lose?"

Teen sensation Clegg's proven herself with Wellington Phoenix in the women's A-League. She's impressed alongside club teammate Michaela Foster, who earned her first international cap at Hamilton, but their coach wants the players on the pitch to show more intent on attack.

"We are not going to score goals, if we are not going to spend more time in the final third and be composed," said Klimkova.

They'll get another chance on Thursday, with a second friendly against Argentina.

Daisy Cleverley and Olivia Chance react in defeat to Argentina.
Daisy Cleverley and Olivia Chance react in defeat to Argentina. Photo credit: Photosport

The mini-tournament sees the Ferns trying to mimic the group stage of the World Cup, but they have struggled to get going.

"It's tough, because we planned to have six points," explains Klimkova. "We have zero points."

That's a harsh reality they could be faced with come the real thing in July, if they can't turn their fortunes around.