The Junior All Whites ended their FIFA Under-20 World Cup campaign with a 2-1 loss to Croatia on Saturday.
Defeats to Uzbekistan and Uruguay meant that New Zealand couldn't qualify for the last eight of the competition in Turkey, but put up stout resistance against Croatia.
Rovers midfielder Tim Payne once again played the full match, featuring for every minute for the All Whites during the tournament.
Stipe Perica opened the scoring in the first half before Ante Rebic added a second with 15 minutes to go.
New Zealand claimed a consolation goal, their first of the World Cup, on 85 minutes, Louis Fenton scoring from the penalty spot after the striker had been felled in the area.