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Smeltz looks to add Olympic glory to World Cup success
Shane Smeltz scores for New Zealand against Italy at the 2010 World cup. Pic: Getty Images

Perth Glory striker Shane Smeltz has left Perth bound for London with designs on Olympic history.

Smeltz will represent New Zealand at the Games and the Glory hitman is itching for the international stage.

Two years ago Smeltz scored for the All Whites in a shock 1-1 draw against then world champions Italy at the World Cup in South Africa.

Now he hopes to repeat the feat against one of the giants of the game, Brazil, at Newcastle's St James Park on August 1.

"I had a meeting with the New Zealand coaching staff a few months ago, so I knew there was a possibility of selection," Smeltz said.

"But nothing was confirmed until a couple of weeks ago, so it was really great to get the call and I am very proud to be representing my country at the Olympic Games.

"It's a massive event and we're going to be playing at huge Premier League stadiums like Manchester United and Newcastle."

New Zealand failed to win a game at the 2008 Games in Beijing, losing to Belgium and Brazil before grabbing a draw against China.

This time Smeltz is confident the 'Oly-Whites' can find the net and record a Games first.

"We're still considered the underdogs, but we showed in South Africa two years ago we can cause some upsets," said Smeltz, who is one of three over-age players in the 18-man Kiwi squad, along with Blackburn Rovers' Ryan Nelson and Central Coast Mariners' Michael McGlinchey.

"Ryan and Michael were there in South Africa and a lot of the young boys we have in our squad also experienced that, so we're quietly confident."

New Zealand play Belarus in Coventry in their first game the night before the official opening ceremony in London.

Smeltz hopes the team can take part in the ceremony.

"I'm not sure of the plan, but it would be fantastic to march out into that stadium behind the flag with the entire world watching," he said.

The 'Oly-Whites' then travel to take on African champions Egypt on July 28 at Old Trafford in their second group stage match before wrapping up against Brazil.

"To play Brazil is always something special, but we showed against Italy in 2010 that we can mix it with the best," Smeltz said.

"We've a great new coach in Neil Emblen and Ricky Herbert (national coach) is also with us to assist, so I think we'll do well.

"I don't know much about Belarus, although I'm sure our coaching staff will have done their homework. Egypt will be tough and we all know what the Brazilians are capable of."