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NI captain Davis receives MBE

Steven Davis with his MBE. Credit: PA

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis has received his MBE at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace.

The midfielder who led his country to the last-16 stage in the European Championships, was awarded the honour in recognition of his services to football.

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When Davis, who plays his club football at Southampton, was told back in June that he was in line for the award, he said he was "honoured and humbled".

If he features in the World Cup play-offs against Switzerland next month, the 32-year-old will become only the third Northern Ireland player to win 100 caps for his country - the other two being defender Aaron Hughes and legendary goalkeeper Pat Jennings.

Speaking ahead of the two-legged tie that will determine if the Northern Irish reach the World Cup in Russia, Davis said, "It's going to be a difficult game but there's a lot of belief within the squad, and it's two games for us to get to the World Cup so we will be giving it our all."

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