​​Mayor pays tribute to ‘magnificent achievement’ by Steven Davis

Steven Davis matched Pat Jennings' record of 119 caps by playing in the match against Norway last night. PIcture by Paul Faith

THE Mayor of Mid and East Antrim has congratulated Steven Davis on matching the record 119 caps for Northern Ireland following Monday night’s game against Norway.

The locally-born footballer, 35, was one short of iconic keeper Pat Jennings’ 119-match record but matched that following Monday Nations League game.

Councillor Peter Johnston said: “This is a great achievement for Steven Davis and all he has done for Northern Ireland.

“To match Pat Jennings record is a magnificent accomplishment and for that he deserves a lot of credit.

“Mid and East Antrim has produced many local sporting heroes, and we are proud to call Steven Davis one of our own.”

The former Aston Villa and Fulham player is also just seven caps short of the all-time British international appearance record of 125 – held by former England keeper Peter Shilton – and his boss at Rangers, Steven Gerrard, has backed him to break that too.

The Rangers midfielder made his Northern Ireland debut against Canada in 2005 and his distinguished service for his country includes captaining it at Euro 2016.

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