Boyce hopes for first cap
Liam Boyce admits it would be the proudest moment of his career if he won his first cap for Northern Ireland against Scotland.
By Pete O'Rourke -Follow me on Twitter @skysportspeteo
Last Updated: 08/02/11 1:23pm
Liam Boyce admits it would be the proudest moment of his career if he won his first cap for Northern Ireland against Scotland on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old won his first call-up to the senior Northern Ireland squad for their Carling Nations Cup opener against Scotland.
Boyce, who is regarded as one of the best young talents to emerge from Northern Ireland in recent years, is currently plying his trade in Germany with Werder Bremen after catching the eye of a number of clubs at Cliftonville.
The highly-rated forward is now hoping to take the next step in his career by turning out for his country on the international stage.
"Obviously it is good and exciting to be playing at the top level," Boyce told skysports.com.
"International football is the highest level you can play and if I play against Scotland it will be the biggest moment of my career so far.
"All the players have made me feel very welcome and they have been friendly and training has gone well so far."
SettledBoyce admits he is beginning to find his feet in Germany after taking time to adapt to his new surroundings.
He is currently playing for Werder's Under 23 side, which is the equivalent of their reserves, and he is aiming to break into the first team in the near future.
"At the start it was hard being on my own as I wasn't used to it, but my girlfriend and a couple of friends came over to visit and this helped me settle in.
"Things are going well now and I scored a hat-trick in the first game I played in.
"I aim to try and get into the first team and there are two forwards ahead of me in the reserves at the minute and one of them played in the Champions League against Spurs this season so I don't feel I am that far away from the first team.
"The game in Germany is a lot more technical than I was used to and I feel I have improved a lot.
"I have lost a lot of weight and I feel leaner, faster and fitter.
"Playing in Germany is only going to help me develop as a footballer and I feel international football will do the same."