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Watch: I can still become Northern Ireland's number one, vows Trevor Carson

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Motherwell goalkeeper Trevor Carson has yet to take to the pitch for Northern Ireland but he's adamant he can still become the country's first-choice stopper.

The 30-year-old has earned rave reviews for his club performances this season and was even was the subject of a bid from Celtic in January.

As a result, his long wait for a senior cap is expected to come to an end when Northern Ireland host South Korea on Saturday (kick-off 3.15pm).

And should that happened, Carson is determined to keep hold of his place in the side.

"You've got to believe," he said. "You're one of the best three in the country so why not put pressure on to be the best?

"Everybody in the squad has got to believe they can play. If the manager calls on me, I will be ready.

"The manager has kept in contact with our manager at Motherwell and Robbo (Stephen Robinson) has told me to be prepared because there's a chase I might get my first cap.

"For me it would be a life-long dream. I used to go to Windsor Park to watch the games as a kid and for me, it is the ultimate.

"It's taken a lot longer than I had planned but if it does come about on Saturday, first and foremost I have to perform. Afterwards, I'm sure I'll sit down with a beer and think it's a dream come true."

Carson has been a regular member of Michael O'Neill's senior squads but a place on the bench is as close as he's come to action so far.

He said: "There have been times when I've wondered if it's not meant to be. You look at other people who have got a cap and sometimes I think I've been cursed with Northern Ireland.

"That's not the way to think about it - naturally at time when things go wrong, you think negatively. I've always enjoyed joining up with Northern Ireland and it's always a great honour.

"I've kept believing and if I get my cap at 30, I'm sure it will feel as good as it would have at 21, maybe even a bit sweeter."

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