Northern Ireland's Roy Carroll has revealed that he was sorry to see fellow goalkeeper Lee Camp drop out of the squad and wants to see him return as soon as possible.
fter 35-year-old Carroll was given the nod for Northern Ireland's opening World Cup qualifier in Russia last month, Nottingham Forest's Camp left the panel before the ill-fated draw at home to Luxembourg a few days later.
The reason given was “personal” though now it has become clear that Camp did not wish to play second fiddle to Carroll after manager Michael O’Neill decided to end the Fermanagh-man’s six-year exile from the international scene and was therefore left out of the plans for tonight's match in Portugal.
Olympiakos number one Carroll, however, hopes 28-year-old Camp will be back.
“I don't know how long he is going to take a break for, but I hope he comes back as soon as possible,” said Carroll.
“I liked the fight for number one when it was between me and Maik Taylor for a number of years.
“We both enjoyed the competition and it brought the best out in us.
“There was never a rivalry, we both just wanted the best for Northern Ireland.
“I have been in two squads with Lee and he is a quality keeper.
“He spoke to me and said he had to go home, because he had family things to see to and said he was sorry to go.
“I said he should sort himself out, but he should come back as soon as he can.
“He is a good lad and is still young as a goalkeeper.
“I was out of international football for six years.
“So I told him he can't leave it as long as I did and that he has to come back soon and win more caps,” the former Manchester United goalkeeper stated.
On tomorrow's game, Carroll stated: “Everything is stacked against us but they are under pressure because they have to win.
“You never know what will happen.”