Windsor Park

Next Game

N Ireland v Faroe Islands

Saturday, 11 October 2014, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group F

Last Game

Hungary 1 - 2 N Ireland

Sunday, 07 September 2014, 17:00

European Qualifiers Group F

O'Connor ready to make his mark

Northern Ireland star Michael O'Connor has jokingly suggested he will be ready to dump Cristiano Ronaldo "on his a**e" if he plays on Friday.

Last Updated: 04/09/13 at 22:22

Michael O'Connor: Hoping to face Portugal

Michael O'Connor: Hoping to face Portugal

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Rotherham midfielder O'Connor, 25, was recalled to the international squad after three years out last month as cover for the 1-0 win over Russia and kept his place for the forthcoming clash against Portugal.

He saw no game time against Capello's Russia and remains an outsider to get on the pitch this week but, having believed his time at the top level might be over after his exile, he was in playful mood when asked how he would mark his prospective comeback.

"I wouldn't mind putting him (Ronaldo) on his a**e, making a name for myself," he laughed.

"I just want to play. I don't mind if I play against Luxembourg (in the following match) or against Portugal. I just want to get the shirt on.

"You definitely appreciate it more, having been out. I honestly never thought I would play again.

"It's been a long time coming and I didn't think I was fit enough the years before, but if you play well for your club there will be people watching you and that's happened."

O'Connor kept an interest in Northern Ireland's progress in his absence and is ready to make his own contribution when the time is right.

"It was a frustrating couple of years watching all the games on TV and I didn't think I would be back in the squad," he admitted.

"But I helped to get my club promoted last year and playing in a higher league, League One, has been good.

"I am happy enough to sit on the bench now because I can't expect to play the next game after the last performance (against Russia). Windsor Park was bouncing and it has been quiet the past couple of years.

"But I just want to play now."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

put Ince in my fantasy football team, so it's no surprise at all really. I do that to players. Also responsible for De Jong and Upson being injured. Think I'll transfer in Di Maria just to ruin United....

megabrow (cufc)
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

L

ovren? £20m always seemed a touch on the expensive side, but I wasn't expecting him to be quite such a waste of money

stevenjameshyde
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

H

alf of our players have the physical presence of a 14 year old girl. I don't know why people are always shocked that they're injured.

TheWhiz
Wenger baffled by injuries

Footer 365

Wenger: Giroud deal done

Olivier Giroud's new contract with Arsenal is "done", according to manager Arsene Wenger.

Champions League: Arsenal's Jack Wilshere trains ahead of clash with Galatasaray

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has trained ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Galatasaray at the Emirates.

Premier League: Alan Pardew's job as Newcastle manager remains safe for now

Sky sources understand that Alan Pardew’s job as manager of Newcastle United remains safe for the time being.

Mail Box

How Much In 'Pounds Raheem Sterling'?

A whole lot of you use footballers' names in everyday life. And you hate yourselves for it. As you should. We also have mails on Newcastle, Rooney and more...

It's A Bit Sexy, This Southampton Side...

Could Southampton be this year's Southampton? We have an eclectic mailbox that features Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal and lots more. Come on in...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property