Shumi is aiming to join an elite band

VELICHE Shumulikoski wants to join an elite band of footballers.The 27-year-old Macedonian international has his heart set on collecting 100 international caps.

Elvin King

VELICHE Shumulikoski wants to join an elite band of footballers.

The 27-year-old Macedonian international has his heart set on collecting 100 international caps.

And to achieve this rare century he wants to be playing in the Premier League with Ipswich Town.

Depending on which web site you read, the midfielder either made his 52nd or 49th cap in Wednesday's 4-1 victory over Luxembourg.

“There is confusion over one or two friendly games,” said Shumulikoski.

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“But by my reckoning I am on 52 caps.

“I'm very passionate about playing international football and I'd love to make 100 appearances.

“Hopefully I can do that and I think it would certainly help if I was playing for Ipswich in the Premier League.

“That's another big ambition of mine because, for me, it's the best league in the world.”

Scotland is up next for Macedonia with a World Cup qualifier on Saturday, September 6, with Shumi revealing another of his dreams.

“Yes, I would love to reach the World Cup finals,” he said. “It's a dream for every footballer.”

Shumi is playing a different role in the Blues side this season, dropping a bit deeper and giving added protection to the back four.

This worked well at Burnley last Saturday and he could well be employed in a similar role today against Wolverhampton at Portman Road.

“I'll play anywhere the manager wants me to,” added Shumi. “As far as I'm concerned I'm at Ipswich Town for the team, not for me.

“My role is deeper, just in front of the defence, and I'm really enjoying it.”

Shumi is looking forward to gaining revenge over Colchester United in the Carling Cup on Tuesday as he says that the league defeat at Layer Road last season effectively cost Town a place in the end-of-season play-offs.

He admits to being settled in Suffolk although he is living on his own.

“This enables me to focus on my football,” he said. “I have a house now and am not a bad cook. I have one or two specialities.

“Sometimes I will go out to a restaurant though and I find the people of Ipswich very friendly and I feel very settled.

“Very occasionally I feel a bit homesick, but I'm very lucky to be at a club where everyone is so friendly.

“People in the town come up and talk to me and I like that. It makes me feel very welcome.”

TOWN boss Jim Magilton feels there are other Spaniards out there who could join Pablo Counago and Ivan Campo on the Blues books.

“Many of them would enjoy the nature of the English game - the same as Pablo and Ivan,” said Magilton.

Ipswich have been cultivating links with La Liga side Valencia with coach Steve Foley having a flat in that part of the world and licence to watch the Spanish side train.

Magilton said: “We have a connection with Valencia that we are trying to explore and we are building that up as we speak.”