O'Neill looks to Carroll and overseas
New Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has said that former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll is under consideration for a return to the international fold. Carroll fell firmly out of favour under Worthington but has expressed a desire to represent his country again under the new regime.
He is currently at Olympiacos, saving a penalty in the UEFA Europa League with his first touch for the club on debut. He was not in O'Neill's 24-man party for the 29 February friendly against Norway but could reappear in the future.
"I have had discussions with Roy and he has confirmed that he wished to be considered for the full international squad again," said O'Neill. "Unfortunately his club commitments with Olympiacos mean that he would be unable to join the squad until late Monday evening.
"We both agreed given that he has just moved to Olympiacos that he should concentrate on his club commitments in the short term. He will definitely come into consideration for the next squad."
However O'Neill said he would be looking to find new internationals to go alongside veterans such as Carroll, including those who would qualify for the Northern Irish side through relatives. "In the short time I have been in the job, I have actively tried to deepen the player pool available for selection by trying to find players who are eligible for NI.
"This will continue throughout my reign as it will allow our younger players time to develop and not be rushed into full international football."