West Ham United defender Winston Reid is fast becoming a fans' favourite.
Hammers supporters have taken to calling him the ‘Maori Monster’.
Reid, who can help his side spend Christmas in the top half of the table by beating Everton today, said: “I’ve been really pleased with my performances.
“We’ve had it knocked into us that we need to go out and win games. If you have to put your body on the line to do that, then you have to do it.
“It wasn’t the best result for the All Blacks the other week and I had a bit of a ribbing about it in the dressing room afterwards.
“I was actually supposed to go and watch them but we had a game that day. I’ll get over it.
“We are the world champions. You can’t complain about that!”