Steven Davis says Northern Ireland’s gift for Euro 2016 has “left them wanting more” as they ready to play Switzerland in a two-legged play-off for a place during subsequent year’s World Cup.
Michael O’Neill’s side reached a turn of 16 during a Euros before losing 1-0 to Wales during a Parc des Princes and Davis, who will acquire his 100th tip for his nation during Windsor Park on Thursday when they face a Swiss – live on Sky Sports – feels certainty has grown underneath O’Neill.
His evident concentration is on assisting them make subsequent year’s finals in Russia, with their knowledge during a Euros finale a run of 5 uninterrupted campaigns for Davis where they unsuccessful to validate for a vital tournament.
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“We never unequivocally done that step to feel as yet we were unequivocally going to grasp it,” Davis told Sky Sports News when asked about their prior failings in qualification.
“You consider it is not going to be though there’s always that small feeling we competence one day get there.
“We got off to a good start with a initial few games in a debate and that snowball outcome built.
“It gives we that additional inducement and genuine faith that we can go and grasp something and apparently we managed to tip a organisation in a end.
“It was a special debate and an unimaginable knowledge during a Euros and it has left us wanting more.
“If we had pronounced to us in this debate with Germany in a organisation that we would be in a play-off to get to a World Cup, we would have bitten your palm off.
“We have got it all to play for and we are in a position we wish to be in and we will really give it a all to try and grasp a dream.”
As for earning his 100th tip as a Northern Ireland player, Davis admits he is thrilled, nonetheless is penetrating to concentration on a Switzerland diversion before reflecting on his feat later.
“I wish to seem for my nation as many times as possible,” he added.
“It’s apparently a outrageous landmark though being a diversion it is, we don’t wish anything to detract my courtesy from what a diversion is and that is World Cup qualification.
“Hopefully after a dual games it is something we can demeanour behind on though going into a games, my solitary concentration will be on removing a right results.”
Watch Northern Ireland v Switzerland on Thursday. Coverage starts on Sky Sports Main Event during 7pm.