Davis vows to show hunger
Steven Davis will lead Northern Ireland out against Finland and has promised the home support that the players will put on a 'hungry' display.
Last Updated: 14/08/12 7:55pm
Steven Davis will lead Northern Ireland out against Finland on Wednesday and has promised the Windsor Park support that the players will put on a 'hungry' display.
The Southampton midfielder, who has inherited the national armband under Michael O'Neill, missed the 6-0 thumping by Holland in June but returns to the fold for the latest round of friendly fixtures.
O'Neill is looking for a much improved performance from his side, as they count down to the start of 2014 World Cup qualification.
Davis is aware of the need for standards to be raised and is confident a strong squad can help to mend dented pride.
"Holland was always going to be a difficult game, the Dutch are a great side," he said.
"But this is a good opportunity to build a bit of confidence, play the way we want to and get a good result.
"It's a good opportunity to come back and play at Windsor and it's the last match before the competitive games start.
"Everything is aimed towards the World Cup qualifiers but for now we're focused on the next couple of days.
"It will be a hungry squad and everyone is looking forward to the game."
Davis is also looking forward to getting important minutes under his belt, with the decision to walk out on Rangers and secure a switch to Southampton offering him another shot at the Premier League.
"For me personally this match comes at the right time," he said.
"I missed a big chunk of pre-season and I only started training in the last 10 days, so this is a good time for me."