‘‘Jackal’ can inspire us to Euro glory’ insists Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll

Boxing World champion Carl Frampton interviews Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill for BBC's Football Focus programme
Boxing World champion Carl Frampton interviews Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill for BBC's Football Focus programme
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Roy Carroll hopes Northern Ireland can draw inspiration from boxing World champion Carl Frampton and join the country’s list of sporting legends.

Goalkeeper Carroll is preparing for Sunday’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifier with Finland at Windsor Park.

Michael O’Neill’s side sit second in Group F after three wins from their opening four games – and remain on course to qualify for a first ever European Championship.

If they fulfil that dream then Carroll and his team-mates will be installed into the pantheon of Northern Ireland’s sporting greats.

Boxing star Frampton is already on that illustrious list after beating Kiko Martinez to claim the IBF Super-bantamweight title back in September.

The Tigers Bay 28-year-old – who successfully defended his crown against American Chris Avalos last month –spent Thursday evening with the Northern Ireland team at their hotel base.

Frampton was also a guest reporter at Friday’s player press conference as part of a BBC Football Focus feature that will be screened today.

Goalkeeper Carroll admits meeting ‘The Jackal’ acted as inspiration for the players ahead of Sunday’s clash with Finland at Windsor.

“Having Carl here with the players last night was fantastic,” Carroll said.

“We listened to him and watched his last fight. It was amazing, an honour to be in the same room.

“We’ve a lot of heroes in this country and hopefully we can join them by qualifying for the Euros.

“That’s my dream.”