2 games in 24 hours: Ex-Manchester United and West Ham United star Roy Carroll’s extraordinary feat

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Roy Carroll played for Northern Ireland in Romania on Friday and then for Notts County on Saturday.

Former Manchester United and West Ham United goalkeeper Roy Carroll is 37 years of age and is past his prime.

One could even argue that the former Wigan Athletic star was not even one of the best players in England when he was at his best.

However, over the weekend Carroll did something truly extraordinary and showed ‘moaning’ youngsters that determination always overcomes 'tiredness'.

On Friday, Carroll featured for Northern Ireland against Romania away from home in a Euro 2016 Group F clash.

The match in Bucharest ended in a 2-0 win for the hosts, thanks to two second-half goals from Paul Papp.

The ex-Rangers goalkeeper took the first flight out of Romania on Saturday morning and drove himself to the Ricoh Arena, where his club team Notts County were to take on Coventry City in League One.

Carroll was playing his second in game in less than 24 years, but he showed no signs of tiredness and was duly rewarded with a clean sheet and three points as the Magpies won 1-0.

Last month England and Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling sparked a widespread debate about footballers getting burnt out when he asked not to be played against Estonia away from home.

Perhaps Sterling could learn a thing or two about commitment and determination from Carroll...

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