Davis hopes 100th cap will be one to savour

By SFC Media Wed 08 Nov International
Photo by Getty Images | Steven Davis

Steven Davis wants to be able to reflect on his 100th cap as a pivotal night in Northern Ireland’s quest to reach the World Cup.

The Saints skipper will bring up the milestone appearance when his country host Switzerland in the first leg of their qualification play-off at Windsor Park tomorrow.

But Davis says the pride he feels in his personal achievement will be dictated by the fortunes of the team over the coming days.

“It’s kind of crept up on me,” he said of the landmark.

“It has been a figure I’ve been aiming to get to for the last couple of years, but I haven’t given it too much thought and I don’t really want to give it too much thought going into this game.

“There’s so much riding on the two legs, so I just want to have my sole focus on what we’re trying to achieve.

“If I can reflect back on it after the two games and we’ve qualified for the World Cup, it’ll be a very special occasion to have achieved that landmark.”

Davis on his international debut against Uruguay, aged 20

Davis made his Northern Ireland debut way back in February 2005 and captained his country for the first time the following year.

Now 32, the midfielder led the Green and White Army to their first ever European Championships last year, and is now targeting a first World Cup appearance since 1986.

“Every time you get an opportunity to represent your country it’s a really proud moment,” he added.

Davis celebrates qualification for Euro 2016 at Windsor Park

“I’ve been really fortunate to have done that on a lot of occasions. I’m very proud of where I’m from and I’m very proud of the people here.

“Whenever you get the opportunity to represent them, you want to give your all and do your best.

“That’s what I’ve done every time I’ve pulled on the shirt.”

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