DAVIS: LAST HOPE FOR DAD’S ARMY

Sunday Mirror - - FOWLER ROBBIE -

STEVEN DAVIS knows it is glory or bust for his World Cup dream.

The North­ern Ire­land skip­per grew up hop­ing to em­u­late Billy Bing­ham’s sides of the 1980s by play­ing in a World Cup.

But at 32, the Southamp­ton mid­fielder knows this is prob­a­bly his last chance – along with Gareth McAu­ley, Chris Brunt and Aaron Hughes – and is de­ter­mined to seize it against the Swiss.

“Yes, we think about it,” Davis (above) said. “All of us as young play­ers grow­ing up, have al­ways dreamed of that stage, and play­ing at the World Cup would be pin­na­cle of ev­ery­one’s ca­reer.

“We un­der­stand the mag­ni­tude of it all. We’ve put our­selves in a great po­si­tion by get­ting into the play-offs.

“There are 90 min­utes left and we’ve got to try to cause them prob­lems.”

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