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EVANS: NORTHERN IRELAND CAREER EXAMINED

Sunderland midfielder Corry Evans has represented the Northern Ireland senior national team for a period of 12 years. The 31-year-old has two goals in 65 appearances since he made his debut in 2009.
Corry Evans had earlier began his national team career playing as a schoolboy for the Under-16 team where he scored once in three appearances. Evans graduated to the Under-17 team in 2007 and he played five times for the team in two months without getting a win. He had a record of two draws and three defeats in those five games. Corry Evans went on to play for the Under-19 and Under-21 teams.

Evans was given his first invitation to the senior team setup on May 20, 2009 as part of a 19-man squad that had nine others who had not played for the team ahead of the Italy game in Pisa on June 6, 2009. He made his debut during the Italy game, playing 78 minutes before being replaced by Shane Ferguson as the Italians ran out 3-0 winners.

Corry Evans scored his first goal for the Northern Ireland senior national team after coming off the bench against hosts Slovenia in what wastheir first Euro 2012 qualifier. He scored with his first touch as the Northern Ireland recorded an impressive 1-0 away win at the expense of the Slovenians.

Evans was a member of the 23-man Northern Ireland squad for the Euro 2016 tournament in France. The midfielder was benched for the first game of the tournament, a 1-0 loss to Poland. He would go on to play the whole game as Wales beat the Northern Ireland 1-0 in their last group game thereby eliminating them.

In the playoffs for the 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia, Corry Evans was at the centre of the controversy after the ball hit his hand from close proximity off the shot from Switzerland playmaker XerdanShaqiri. The resulting penalty gave Switzerland a 1-0 win from the first leg and that proved to be the only goal in the tie after the second leg ended in a goalless draw.