Steven Davis faces a four-month wait to equal the all-time UK caps record after the Rangers midfielder’s surprise withdrawal from the Northern Ireland camp.

Davis captained his country during their Euro 2020 playoff final defeat to Slovakia last week before coming off the bench in a Nations League fixture in Vienna at the weekend.

Northern Ireland v Slovakia - UEFA EURO 2020 Play-Off Finals

Davis played the full 120 minutes of the narrow defeat to Slovakia. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

However, with Peter Shilton’s UK caps record beckoning ahead of Wednesday night’s clash against Romania in the Nations League, he pulled out due to personal reasons [].

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As a result, with no international fixtures due to take place until late March, the veteran is set to be stuck on 124 NI appearances for at least four months.

Davis allegedly has no plans to retire [The Scottish Sun], though, so he will draw level with and then surpass Shilton at some point.


The 35-year-old made his senior Northern Ireland debut against Canada in 2005 and his performances over the following 15 years have earned him legend status.


Euro2008 Qualifier: Northern Ireland v Spain

Rangers midfielder Steven Davis has been through thick and thin with Northern Ireland and is now close to the UK caps record. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Last week’s gut-wrenching extra-time defeat to Slovakia saw him narrowly miss out on guiding his country to their second consecutive European Championships.

Yet, it seems he still feels he has unfinished business in international football and he may break Shilton’s record whilst trying to earn Northern Ireland a spot at the 2022 World Cup.

With the international break now over, focus shifts back to club football, with Rangers taking on Aberdeen at Ibrox on Sunday.

However, with no further updates received on Davis since his departure from the NI camp, the midfield maestro is a doubt for the game.

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