Davis included in Northern Irish squad for upcoming friendlies

The Southampton midfielder will join up with his international team-mates after this Sunday's clash with Liverpool

Davis included in Northern Irish squad for upcoming friendlies
Republic of Ireland captain Steven Davis will be involved in the upcoming international break | Photo: The Express

Southampton's number eight Steven Davis has once more been named in the Northern Ireland squad for his nation’s friendly fixtures later this month against Slovenia and Wales.

This latest call-up comes after another consistent season from the Irish captain and he has been a regular starter for the Saints this season, captaining the side last weekend in the win against Stoke City due to Jose Fonte's absence.

Two key matches

Davis and his teammates have qualified for this summer’s European Championships in France for the first time in thirty years after winning their qualifying group last September.

Davis is part of a 30-man Ireland squad which will be present for upcoming matches against Wales and Slovenia. These two matches will provide a real test for the Northern Irish as they look to join up for the final time before the end of the regular season.

Gareth Bale and Wales lie in wait for the Republic of Ireland | Photo: Yahoo
Gareth Bale and Wales lie in wait for Northern Ireland | Photo: Yahoo

Getting results in these two matches can really help the side in the long run, with both opponents also heading to the Euros this summer with the Welsh coming up against England in the group stages.

Schedule

Davis and his side will first of all come up against Wales on Thursday 24th March, with a kick-off time of 7.45pm GMT. They then head onto face Slovenia at Windsor Park for their final friendly before the end of the season, on Monday 28th March at 7.45pm BST.

After this Davis will return back to Southampton ahead of his side's trip to current Premier League leaders Leicester City on Sunday 3rd April at 1:30PM GMT.

Euros not far away

This Northern Irish side won their qualifying group by just one point ahead of runners-up Romania to allow them to qualify for the Euros for the first time in thirty years.

The Irish have been put in a tough group and will realistically be hoping to come through in second place having been placed with Germany, Ukraine and Poland in Group C.