Duff relishes internationals
Michael Duff relishes international friendlies and does not think they are an unwelcome distraction.
Last Updated: 17/11/08 7:48pm
Burnley's Michael Duff relishes international friendlies and does not think they are an unwelcome distraction in the domestic schedule.
The Northern Ireland international is set to turn out for his country against Hungary in Belfast on Wednesday and Duff is desperate to make up for lost time.
The 30-year-old has made only 21 appearances for Northern Ireland after missing out on numerous chances to win caps over the past year due to a career-threatening knee injury.
Although playing in Belfast is sandwiched between two Championship outings, the Clarets stopper is looking to make as many appearances as he can for Nigel Worthington's troops.
"No, I don't think you'd ever call an international game an unwelcome distraction or a pain," said Duff.
"You want to win as many caps as you can, and this is a great opportunity. You don't get that many chances to play for your country - so when it comes along it's something to look forward to.
"People pull out because of niggles or whatever. But for me, it's a great chance to get back with the squad.
"If you can't motivate yourself for an international match, whether it's a friendly or not, you're in the wrong game."