Gareth McAuley has targeted a return to the West Brom first team on a regular basis before he considers his international future.

McAuley targets Baggies return

McAuley targets Baggies return

There is a very real possibility that McAuley will be part of the first Northern Irish side to reach back-to-back major tournaments but if they don't he and a few other veterans will have a decision to make next month about whether they prolong their international careers or call it a day.

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill has already said he would be "begging" McAuley to continue, yet there have been no conversations about his future as yet and the defender admits his first focus has to be on playing regularly for his club side West Brom.

McAuley has played just 62 minutes of senior football this season having been hampered by a thigh injury and he was not even in the matchday squads for the Baggies' past two Premier League fixtures.

"For me, I need to get back to playing club football," he said. "If I'm not playing club football then there's not even a conversation to be had.

"My first priority is to get back fully fit and challenge for a place in the team at West Brom. When that time comes, we'll cross that bridge."