Could this be the last hurrah for record breaking Rangers midfielder?
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Steven Davis increases his own British cap record in vital win

Steven Davis captained Northern Ireland to an impressive 1-0 victory over Lithuania in the latest round of World Cup qualifiers, extending his British record.

The Rangers midfielder won his 131st cap in the vital win and with the final game in the campaign approaching, could this be a final hurrah for the record-breaking midfielder.

Steven Davis has now appeared for Northern Ireland 131 times, a British record for a footballer. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

“At the end of every campaign you sit back, reflect and see how you feel physically and how you see things progressing,” explains Davis [BBC Sport].


With the player approaching his 37th birthday, international retirement might not be far off.

He made his debut for Northern Ireland in 2005, a staggering feat of longevity. With his current Rangers contract running out at the end of the season, he may decide to focus on club football for the rest of the season.

“We want to finish the campaign strongly. We know our chances of qualification have gone but we want to keep building something, keep progressing, and hopefully, that shows in the performances.” Davis said, hoping to finish on a high note with a positive performance against European Champions Italy.

Belfast , United Kingdom – 8 September 2021; Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough, left, and Steven Davis of Northern Ireland after their side’s draw in the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying group C match between Northern Ireland and Switzerland at National Football Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Regardless of what happens against Italy, playing for your country 131 times is incredible. He captained the side to the last 16 at Euro 2016 and has scored 12 goals for his country.

Although his Rangers contract expires at the end of the season, you wouldn’t bet against him securing an extension and featuring heavily in the title run-in.

In other news, Nathan Patterson was impressive in Scotland’s win over Moldova.


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