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Martin Paterson: 'If fit, I would have been on the plane to France for Euro 2016 with Northern Ireland'

The striker discusses his NI regrets, Russia joy, and working for David Beckham

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Top stuff: Martin Paterson hails his winner against Russia

Top stuff: Martin Paterson hails his winner against Russia

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Top stuff: Martin Paterson hails his winner against Russia

When sportsmen or women hit their peak is something that even experts have never quite been able to put their finger on.

Objective analysis is often overtaken by subjective arguments.

Take former Northern Ireland striker Martin Paterson, for example. His peak came at 21-years-old - he just didn't know it at the time.