David Healy has urged his Northern Ireland team-mates to take their chance to qualify for Euro 2008.
The Fulham striker is the leading scorer across Europe in the current qualifying campaign for next summer's tournament in Austria and Switzerland.
He has 11 goals in Euro 2008 qualifying and a record 31 for Northern Ireland overall, but he admits he would rather play in a major international competition than secure personal accolades.
"I want to be remembered as playing for Northern Ireland in the 2008 European Championship," Healy told The Guardian.
"That's my aim and what I've set my heart on. And I would happily give up all my goals if I was offered qualification in exchange."
Northern Ireland are currently second in Group F and can consolidate their position against Latvia and Iceland.
England, by contrast, are in danger of missing out on qualification as they currently lie fourth in Group E.
Healy believes Northern Ireland are faring better than England because of their strong team spirit, but admits his side may never have such a good chance to qualify.
He explained: "England underachieve while we probably overachieve.
"There are no egos and we've got this camaraderie that we're all in it together. There are no superstars, nobody who's regarded as special.
"George Best, the best player in the world, never got the opportunity to express himself in a major championship. Ryan Giggs was the same with Wales.
"We're on the brink and it might be the only chance we get for a long time.
"I know I've built up my hopes and I know, too, how awful it would be next summer if it all goes wrong and I end up lying on a beach somewhere thinking 'we should have been there'."