Corry Evans admits Northern Ireland’s excellent start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign has left big brother Jonny feeling envious, a rather frustrated television spectator and completely left out of the mix.
Jonny, who has won 31 international caps, hasn’t featured for Northern Ireland in any of the three games so far after being suspended for the win over Hungary and injured when Michael O’Neill’s men beat the Faroe Islands and Greece last month.
The central defender has only played a handful of games for club Manchester United so far this season after injuring his ankle against Leicester City on September 21.
Sibling Corry says Jonny is desperate to pull on the green shirt of Northern Ireland so that he can play his part in helping his country attempt to reach their first major finals since the World Cup in Mexico in 1986.
Northern Ireland top Group F going into tomorrow’s game against Romania in Bucharest.
“Jonny is obviously really frustrated he hasn’t been able to play so far in this campaign,” sighs Corry, who has played in the wins over Hungary and Greece.
“Playing for Northern Ireland means the world to him so he can’t wait to get back in a green shirt.
“He tried to get himself fit ahead of the games against the Faroe Islands and Greece but unfortunately the injury didn’t clear in time.
“And the latest injury didn’t heal in the time we all hoped, which means he will be forced to miss the Romania game, too.
“I know from talking to him he is so eager to meet up with the lads and be a part of it all and more importantly, help us on the pitch.
“He will be sitting at home again cheering us on and like the first three games, I know he will be the first person to text me after the game.
“He wants to be with us for every game but I know it is very difficult for him at the minute because things are going so well and he wants to feel a part of it like the rest of us.
“Once he is fit, I know he will be a major boost to our hopes of creating history by qualifying for the European Championships for the first time.
“Expectations are higher now for everyone, but we are eager to do it for the country.”