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Monday 30 May 2022
Paddy Lane delighted to see Davis in NI squad

Paddy Lane has revealed the younger players in the squad are “buzzing” that Steven Davis is in the Northern Ireland squad for next month’s UEFA Nations League matches.

The Rangers midfielder (37) is expected to add to his tally of 134 caps in the four matches against Greece, Cyprus (home and away) and Kosovo.

And the 21-year-old Fleetwood Town wing back/winger is delighted the talismanic Davis has reported for international duty once again.

He said: “I think everyone was delighted when we saw Steven Davis come again because it brings an experience and knowledge to the team.

“He went to the Europa League final with Rangers and that experience alone, even though they didn’t get the result, is stuff you can learn from. It’s not just me but the rest of the boys that are buzzing he’s here.”

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Lane, who made his senior international debut in the friendly against Hungary back in March, is enjoying being part of the Northern Ireland senior squad once again.

He said: “Last time was my first camp with the seniors and all the lads welcomed me really well and the staff were brilliant with me. It was a bit surreal last time and this time I just want to kick on and carry on the good work that I did last time.

“You’ve got to take your opportunities where they come, wherever it may be, and hopefully I can do that.”

It has been quite a season for Lane, who was named EFL League One Young Player of the Year last month for his performances at Fleetwood this term.

He said: “(It) was another surreal moment. It was one of those where I went up on stage to collect it and I couldn’t believe where I was. Hopefully I’ll keep up the hard work and see where that takes me.”

He puts his rise through the ranks down to hard work and having a good support system.

“I’ve had a lot of good people around me like my family and the coaches I’ve had through the systems lower down, and then coming into Fleetwood it was a case of work hard and see where it takes me. It’s a rollercoaster I’m on and I just want to keep going higher and higher,” Lane pointed out.