All Whites to play Australia at Eden Park in anniversary match

They're coming home, they’re coming home — the All Whites are coming home.

New Zealand Football yesterday confirmed a home game against Australia to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the first senior men’s international fixture between the two nations.

The All Whites will play the Socceroos at Eden Park on Sunday, September 25, a day after the All Blacks play the Wallabies at the ground.

A second transtasman football clash will follow in Australia.

The Auckland game will mark 100 years since the nations first clashed in Dunedin — that anniversary is in nine days — and, staggeringly, will be the first All Whites game in New Zealand since 2017.

It will also be the first time international football has been played at the rugby fortress of Eden Park.

"This is a ground-breaking and history-making game in so many ways," New Zealand Football chief executive Andrew Pragnell said.

"We are delighted to be able to commemorate 100 years of transtasman football in partnership with Football Australia and bring senior international football to Eden Park for the first time ever.

"It’s a game not to be missed. It will have an incredible atmosphere and something for all Kiwis to get behind and be proud of."

Ideally, the All Whites will be using the game as preparation for the World Cup in Qatar.

Coach Danny Hay is excited to finally be able to play a game at home.

"Our attention right now is obviously focused on our playoff game against Costa Rica but it is great to know we have this waiting for us in September.

"We know fans want this game but so do the players and staff. Having the chance to finally play at home, play at Eden Park and take on the Aussies is really exciting. I can’t wait."

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