West Ham defender Winston Reid hopes to help New Zealand qualify for next year's World Cup in Russia.

Hammers star sets sights on Russia

Hammers star sets sights on Russia

Reid is set to make his first All Whites appearance of the year when they travel to Japan for a friendly on Friday.

New Zealand face the prospect of a play-off match with a South American side in November, with the winner set to earn a spot in the 2018 World Cup, and Reid is confident they can qualify for the showpiece event.

He told the club's official website: “It is all about preparation now and getting this team in the best possible shape so we can approach [the Intercontinental Play-Off] the right way and get a good result.

“When you play against good quality opposition it is only going to help you. We will approach Japan in the right way. We will have a game plan and we’ve had some good sessions to be ready for Friday night. This will lead us into the next window well which is the most important one.

“Anytime you have a sporting event like this, there is always good support from the people back home and I am sure this time around it will be no different. The main focus for us as a group is to prepare properly and use the time that we have together wisely.

“First and foremost we want to qualify and we know that we have to do that as a group. That is what we are all looking forward to most, going out there and having a chance to qualify for another World Cup. We missed out last time so hopefully we can go one better this time.”