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Rangers skipper Davis named captain of Northern Ireland

Steven Davis has been given the nod as captain of the Northern Ireland national team.

The Rangers skipper has been appointed the new permanent captain by Michael O'Neill ahead of tomorrow night's friendly with Norway in Belfast after the manager decided to replace Fulham's Aaron Hughes who had lead the side for the past eight years.

"Steven Davis is the captain and he will be the captain going forward," said O'Neill.

"I just thought at this stage of his career and with a new manager coming in it was maybe time and it would benefit the squad. I had a long chat with Aaron about the situation and he was, as you'd expect, totally supportive and understanding.

"He didn't have any expectation to come back as captain having made his decision (to retire) towards the end of the last campaign, he was very supportive of Steven and very supportive of the decision."

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