Northern Ireland captain and Rangers midfielder
Northern Ireland legend Gerry Armstrong has urged Steven Davis to prolong his international career and follow in the footsteps of Pat Jennings by finishing at a major tournament.
Skipper Steven Davis believes the current Northern Ireland squad has what it takes to repeat the heroics of Euro 2016 and qualify for another major tournament if they maintain the standards set during the compelling 0-0 draw with Italy.
Mid-question, the door to the media briefing room at Windsor Park opened. In walked Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis, who had completed his pitch-side TV interviews, signed autographs, taken selfies with fans and given items of clothing away on request following an impeccable performance in Northern Ireland’s gripping 0-0 draw with Italy.
Dating back to when they were both twentysomethings in their playing days there has always been a mutual respect between Steven Davis and Steven Gerrard so it’s no surprise they have been in touch since the latter left the manager’s job at Rangers last week to jump into the Aston Villa hotseat.
Presented with photocall duties at Ibrox last week, the accolade of being the UK’s, as well as Rangers’, most capped footballer sits effortlessly on the shoulders of Steven Davis. On this occasion, an assured gaze into the lens after the jolt of unwelcome, monochrome fate for his country.
In the 21st century, Northern Ireland have broken records for failing to score, beaten England and Spain thanks to the sharp shooting of David Healy, been booed off the pitch by their own fans, created history, euphoria and joy by qualifying for the Euro 2016 finals and lost out agonisingly in play-offs to reach two other major tournaments.
Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis has insisted tonight’s World Cup qualifying showdown with Switzerland at Windsor Park is about his side’s dream of making it to the finals and not a revenge mission.
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