l’m still Worth a look Nigel, says Roy Carroll
Roy Carroll wants Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington to come out to watch him playing in the Greek League.
The Fermanagh man, who won the last of his 19 caps in September 2006, hopes that the latest move in his club career can help re-ignite his international ambitions.
With OFI Crete newly promoted to the top flight in Greece, Carroll could be busy in the weeks and months to come, but he won’t mind that if it attracts the attention of Worthington.
The current number one for Northern Ireland is Nottingham Forest’s Lee Camp, with veteran Maik Taylor now in the role of deputy.
Carroll appears to be way down the pecking order, but he believes he still has plenty to offer.
“I'd love to play for Northern Ireland again,” says the 33-year-old, who doesn’t want 12 minutes he played of the 3-2 win over Spain five years ago before pulling up injured to be his last act in international football.
“I'm not saying I should go straight in as number one, because Lee Camp has done well since coming in and Maik is still involved, but I would certainly bring experience to the squad and provide good competition.
“It is disappointing for me not to be involved because I was born and bred in Northern Ireland.
“I was brought up in Enniskillen and always dreamed about playing for my country. I was proud to win 19 caps, but I want more.
“That’s why I would welcome Nigel coming out to see me playing in the top flight of the Greek League — hopefully the IFA will pay for him to make the trip and he’ll think I’m worth bringing back in.”
Carroll, of course, told Worthington near the start of the manager’s reign that he needed a break from international football.
The former Manchester United ace, however, says he has no re
grets about making that decision.
“When I was with Rangers I wasn't playing first team football — I actually only played once in six months at Ibrox — and I said to Nigel Worthington with me not playing on a regular basis it would be best to leave me out of the Northern Ireland squad for a bit,” recalls Carroll.
“I certainly never retired from international football — I wouldn't want to do that.
“When I was in Denmark with Odense and doing well I rang Nigel and asked him to keep me in mind, but he never got back to me, which was disappointing. Even so I haven’t given up hope of playing for Northern Ireland again.”