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Northern Ireland's record appearance-maker Davis retires

Northern Ireland's record appearance-maker Steven Davis has announced his retirement from football at the age of 39.

Davis, who earned 140 caps for his country, has called time on an illustrious career spanning two decades - from making his senior debut for Aston Villa in September 2004 to suffering penalty shootout heartache in the Europa League final with Rangers in May 2022.

Davis, who also enjoyed spells at Fulham and Southampton, made his final club appearance for Rangers against Hibernian in December 2022 when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament, an injury which required surgery and a long rehabilitation process.

It was the last of over 250 appearances for Rangers, where he became interim manager in October 2023 for two games after Michael Beale was dismissed.

For Northern Ireland, Davis surpassed the record held by Pat Jennings should he make his 120th appearance in the Euro play-off against Bosnia and Herzegovina in October 2020, having captained them to Euro 2016 - their first major tournament in nearly 30 years.

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