Davis hun­gry for suc­cess

N IRE­LAND v FIN­LAND Kick-off 7.45pm, Sky Sports 3

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STEVEN DAVIS is promis­ing a “hun­gry” per­for­mance from a new-look North­ern Ire­land side in tonight’s friendly against Fin­land.

Davis, who took over as cap­tain from Aaron Hughes when Michael O’Neill was ap­pointed man­ager, was one of 12 first-choice play­ers who missed the 6-0 de­feat against Hol­land in June.

But Davis is back to lead the side out at Wind­sor Park as O’Neill has a much stronger squad to choose from.

Cen­tral de­fender Hughes, Celtic winger Paddy McCourt and un­capped Liver­pool teenager Ryan McLaugh­lin have with­drawn from the ini­tial squad due to in­jury, join­ing Manch­ester United’s Jonny Evans.

But North­ern Ire­land are oth­er­wise at full strength and Davis has promised the team will have more fire in their bel­lies.

“Hol­land was al­ways go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult game, the Dutch are a great side,” he said.

“But this is a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity to build a bit of con­fi­dence, play the way we want to and get a good re­sult.

“It’s a good op­por­tu­nity to play at Wind­sor Park and it’s the last match be­fore the com­pet­i­tive games start.

“Ev­ery­thing is aimed to­wards the World Cup qualifiers, but for now we’re fo­cused on Fin­land.

“It will be a hun­gry squad and ev­ery­one is look­ing for­ward to the game.”

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