Jonny Evans has admitted that is frustrating playing a bit-part role at Manchester United.
The 22-year-old has not started a Premier League game for United since September but, despite this, continues to be a Northern Ireland regular.
His experience and skills were called on again in midweek as Nigel Worthington named a much-changed team against Morocco in the 1-1 draw.
However, at United he faces a battle to regain a leading role in the team, although he hopes to play against Rangers in the UEFA Champions League next week.
"It's been really frustrating really," explained Evans.
"I was in at the start but then one or two performances weren't up to scratch.
"I know if I don't play well the manager can't pick me so I have just got to wait for my chance.
"If I get the chance I have just got to make sure that I play well.
"It would be nice to play at Ibrox and hopefully I'll get a chance.
"We've got 10 points in the group so the manager might want to rest one or two. It'll be nice to travel up there."
While Evans waits eagerly to see if Sir Alex Ferguson decides to recall him to the team, at international level his place is secure.
Despite his youth, Evans was notably one of the older and most experienced players in the team as he gained his 24th international cap.
And the role of elder statesman was something the defender revealed was a unique feeling to him.
"It was kind of strange," Evans confessed.
"There were a lot of new faces around the hotel but a few of them had been in the squad before and we always have good spirit with Northern Ireland.
"We trained well. We only had two days and two sessions but the lads did well.
"I thought they handled it pretty well and we played some good stuff. It was a good performance by us in the end.
"I told them, 'Just go out and enjoy it, do things simple and work hard'.
"That is a big thing we do here in Northern Ireland. We always try to work hard on the pitch, and if we do, we end up getting results."
The evening was also marked by Evans being handed the captaincy for the second half after Aaron Hughes was withdrawn at the interval.
"That was nice," added Evans.
"Nigel said before that if I managed to stay on the pitch, barring injury, I'd be captain in the second half. That was very pleasing."
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