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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Carroll eyes Number 1 shirt with North

Roy Carroll has warned Lee Camp he is after the Northern Ireland number one jersey after a six-year absence from the national side.

Former Manchester United keeper Carroll won the last of his 19 caps in 2006, falling out of favour after a breakdown in relations with former manager Nigel Worthington.

Instead, he rebuilt a faltering club career overseas, first with Danish outfit Odense and then in Greece with OFI Crete and current employers Olympiacos. Now, having been recalled for tomorrow's friendly against Holland in Amsterdam by new national boss Michael O'Neill, the 34-year-old hopes to do to the same to an international career he thought was at an end. "Of course you wonder if it's over," he said of his lengthy exile under Worthington.

"You don't know if you'll ever get back in or not. Things happen in football for a reason and when Michael took over I got my chance. What happened between me and Nigel is in the past now and you move on.

"Lee is a fantastic keeper and there are a lot of other keepers too, but I'm here to fight for the number one shirt.

"It's a squad game but with keepers there is only one spot to fight for. You have to take your chance.

"It's a great feeling to be back and I'm looking forward to it."

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