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Former Manchester United Keeper Plays Two Games In 24 Hours

The games were for national team Northern Ireland and club Notts County…

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll played two games in 24 hours over Friday and Saturday. The second game was on the back of just three hours hours sleep in between.

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The 37-year-old first played in Northern Ireland’s 2-0 loss in Romania on Friday. The defeat knocked the Northern Irish off top spot in their qualifying group. However, they were without several injured players, including captain Steven Davis.

That was just the beginning for Carroll, who then flew straight back to England to take part in club side Notts County’s game against Coventry City. His trip was rewarded with a clean sheet and a 1-0 win as County chase promotion from League One.

Speaking to the BBC after the second game, Carroll said, “My flight was ten past six English time so it was an early start. I will probably feel it for the next two days. The lads did really well in front of me and I don’t think I had a save to make.”

This story may put the moans of some higher profile players about burn out from international matches in to perspective.

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