Games like the other night are so few and far between as footballer. the big games, the real big games that mean so much to the countries involved that they stand still with anticipation.
in your career you could probably count these games on one hand, if your lucky.
to chase my dream for so many years and then having that realisation that it will never become reality is a really tough one to swallow.
but in all those years of chasing the dream there have been so many amazing friendships and bonds and life experiences that will stay with me forever.
i'm really proud to be a part of this team, we had a gigantic task of trying to take down the 10th best team in the world over 2 legs. we gave it a hell of a c***k and at no stage did we ever stop fighting for each other.
we fell short but we can be proud of how far we have come as a team and as a footballing nation.
the peruvian people are without doubt some of the most passionate footballing people ive ever come across. to see what it meant to them on the streets and to see and feel that crowd was something out of this world and can't really be explained unless you experienced it first hand.
football is their life no question about it....and it's what every footballer dreams of playing in front of. .
*footage is of us heading to stadium before game and then at stadium about 2hrs before kick off.
🏟️#wcq play off first leg
#northernireland v #switzerland
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final preparations underway at the national stadium at windsor park