Steven Davis clocked up his 115th appearance for Northern Ireland on Monday night as Michael O’Neill’s side earned a superb 3-2 friendly win over Czech Republic – and Rangers fans have applauded their veteran midfielder.
Davis, 34, surpassed his own Rangers manager Steven Gerrard by reaching 115 caps for his country – making him the fourth most-capped player from the home nations. He now sits alongside former England skipper David Beckham.
Northern Ireland went into half-time 3-0 up on Czech Republic. A well-taken brace from Paddy McNair and a scrappy goal from defender Jonny Evans saw O’Neill’s side cruising, but it could have been even more.
Davis lasted until the 65th minute before being replaced by Corry Evans, after featuring for the entire 90 minutes of last week’s 3-1 defeat to The Netherlands. Davis has now overtaken Gerrard in the list of the most-capped players from the home nations.
🧢 Tonight Steven Davis overtakes Steven Gerrard to become the 4th most capped player of the home nationsalong with David Beckham 👏🏻
1) Peter Shilton 🏴 125
2) Wayne Rooney 🏴 120
3) Pat Jennings 🇬🇧 119
4) Steven Davis 🇬🇧 115
David Beckham 🏴 115
5) Steven Gerrard 🏴 114 pic.twitter.com/2aMwanJM0w
— RangersHistory (@RangersFACTS) October 14, 2019
Davis is expected to add to that tally. Indeed, Northern Ireland face two enormous Euro 2020 qualifying matches in November, playing host to The Netherlands before travelling to Germany. They still stand a chance of reaching next summer’s tournament.
Rangers fans reacted to the news that Davis has overtaken Gerrard and is now on a par with David Beckham on 115 caps, and many have applauded the longevity of their midfield anchor.
He could easily pass Peter Shilton
— Rokby2 (@Rokby21) October 14, 2019
Won't be long till he's the man at the top. And we'll deserved.
🇬🇧 🔴 ⚪ 🔵 🇬🇧
— Grant-RFC-84🇬🇧 (@grantod84) October 14, 2019
Steven Davis is brilliant.
— goldfinch521 (@goldfinch521) October 14, 2019
Class all round is Davis and he is still running the show @RangersFC and I am loving it, he is underrated in English football but his performances at Southampton were also class
— Kris Peacock (@KrisPeacock1) October 14, 2019
He's been better 2nd time round for me. Positionally, his use of the ball, leadership. Easily got another 2-3 years in that midfield
— Kamaradona (@FredMorelos1) October 15, 2019
Steven Davis has been outstanding in both of his spells with Rangers. A real master stroke by Stevie G bringing him back as he has been brilliant for us this year. Would be amazing and well deserved if he manages to surpass Peter Shilton’s cap haul.
— steven hunter (@steven13hunter) October 14, 2019