Kevin Phillips has labelled Rangers midfielder Steven Davis becoming Northern Ireland’s record appearance holder as an “incredible” achievement.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the 1999/2000 European golden shoe winner also praised his former Aston Villa teammate’s “unbelievable” attitude and character.
The 35-year-old earned his 120th international cap in Northern Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday night.
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) October 8, 2020
He beat previous record-holder goalkeeper Pat Jennings to be the most capped home nations player of all time.
“It’s absolutely fantastic,” Phillips said of Davis’ achievement.
“He was at Villa when I signed and I had a season playing with him.
“You could tell then he had quality and the big thing about him is his attitude and character is unbelievable.
“To get that many caps, no matter what country you play for, to play at that level for that long, is just an incredible achievement and I wish him all the very best. It’s incredible.
“To beat Pat Jennings as well who is a legend in Northern Ireland.
“More to me he’s just a down-to-earth guy who I have never heard a bad word said about. You never read about him do you?”
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard was also full of praise for the midfielder.
He told Sky Sports: “He’s a student of the game, you can see how he takes on information. Managers trust him and he’s born with a special talent.
“I didn’t really have good memories with him because he was always a pest to play against, he was a very fit individual who would never go away no matter what the scoreline was.”
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