Corry Evans says his focus for his country is to help Northern Ireland to more major tournaments as he gets set to win cap number 51 this evening.
The 28-year-old wore the captain's armaband for his milestone half-century appearance against Bosnia last time out, and is now gearing up for a double-header against the Republic of Ireland in a friendly tonight before taking on Austria at the weekend.
And speaking to iFollow Rovers ahead of tonight's game against the Irish, Evans reflects on his decade representing the Ulstermen.
“It was great to earn cap number 50. It’s been a long time coming considering I’ve been playing for Northern Ireland since I was 18," the midfielder recollected.
“It’s been a long 10 years with plenty of highs and lows along the way. It was a privilege and honour to captain the side on the night of my 50th cap, for sure.
“When I first started out we struggled to win games and score goals, but slowly we’ve improved and that’s all down to the manager, Michael O’Neill.
“It’s taken a lot of patience but we’re making progress. We’ve managed to prove a lot of people wrong and have qualified for a tournament in recent years."
Having appeared in Euro 2016 in France with his country, Evans' next aim is to assist the team to the 2020 tournament, which will be hosted across several nations.
“Hopefully we can keep going and progress to the next European Championships. When you have a taste of those games you want more," Evans added.
“The tournament in France back in 2016 will live with me until the day I die and like I say, I want more moments like the ones we experienced a couple of years ago."