Southampton Club Captain Steven Davis has been awarded an MBE for services to football and sport in Northern Ireland.
And the 32-year-old has expressed his delight at being named on the list of honours published this evening.
“It was completely unexpected,” started Davis.
“I found out a couple of weeks ago. I was pulled into the office and told the good news, and, to be honest, I was a bit taken aback and thought it was a wind up or something!
“It’s a huge honour and something I never really had my mind on whatsoever. To get the news, I just felt so much pride and hugely honoured.”
Davis has collected 95 caps for the national side since making his senior debut against Canada in February 2005.
He was made captain by Nigel Worthington in October 2011 and has since led Northern Ireland to qualify for their first major tournament in 40 years.
“I have enjoyed every single game I have played for Northern Ireland,” Davis continued.
“I haven’t really given it too much thought about getting to 100 caps now, I just enjoy going away with the national team and we are in a good period at the moment.
“I want to play for the country for as long as possible. There have been so many highlights, with the EUROS being one of the best experiences of my life. We want more of that now.”