Rangers and Northern Ireland midfielder Steven Davis is set to match the British record for international caps by a midfielder, previously set by England’s David Beckham, when he captains the Ulsterman against the Czech Republic tonight.
In earning his 115th cap for the British nation, he’ll also surpass club manager Steven Gerrard who earned 114 caps for England.
Only three British players – Pat Jennings (119), Wayne Rooney (120) and Peter Shilton (125) – have been capped more than Davis, who’s within distance of smashing the record.
So tomorrow NI captain Steven Davis will pass his club manager Steven Gerrard in terms of international appearances & join David Beckham as the UK's most capped midfielder on 115. Only British players ahead of them are Peter Shilton (125), Wayne Rooney (120), Pat Jennings (119).
— Steven Beacom (@StevenBeacom5) October 13, 2019
The fact Davis is being mentioned in the same breath as legendary former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham is a testament to his sterling career.
Earning his first cap against Canada in 2005, Davis has been a fixture in that Northern Ireland side ever since and have been a major influence in the country’s recent successes.
There was an outpouring of support for the immensely talented Ballymena playmaker when Davis became the most capped outfield player in Northern Ireland’s history.
After tonight, he’ll be five away from becoming the most capped Ulsterman ever.
On top that, at 34 there is still time for Davis to surpass Shilton’s record and become the most capped player in British footballing history.
Given that he is arguably playing amongst the best football of his career at both club and international level, don’t bet against Davis reaching this milestone in the next season or so.