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I'm 95% certain McAuley will play for Northern Ireland again, says team-mate

Gareth McAuley's international future is up for debate after Northern Ireland missed out on a spot in the World Cup finals.

Turning 38 next month, there is discussion on whether we've seen the last of the West Brom defender in a Northern Ireland shirt.

He and his club and international team-mate Jonny Evans formed yet another incredible partnership during the two play-off games against Switzerland and, if it hadn't been for the penalty which should have never have been, they would have come away with two clean sheets against a side ranked 11th in the world.

McAuley will now take his time to consider improving on his 76 caps, but Evans believes his West Brom team-mate isn't about to retire just yet.

"I still think he's got a lot more to give and it would be a shame if he did retire," admitted Evans, who was pleased his brother Corry travelled to Basel despite being suspended.

"You can see the love he's got for playing for this team and this country. It would be an easy decision to make and I'm 95 per cent certain he will stay."

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