Steven Davis says Northern Ireland will embrace the challenge of competing at this summer’s European Championships.
The Southampton midfielder will captain his nation at the competition in France this summer, as Northern Ireland compete at a major tournament in 30 years.
With the tournament now just a couple of weeks away, Davis says the challenge will be one that everybody relishes.
“It’s going to be incredible. It’s obviously a new experience for everybody in our squad and we just want to go out and embrace it,” Davis told the Daily Echo.
“We know it is going to be a step up in quality to what we face in qualification, but I think the biggest thing for us is not to fear it.
“We just need to go out and enjoy it and hopefully we can show people what we’re all about.
“In the team we have a great spirit and we are on a good run, so hopefully we can continue that in the two friendlies going into the competition.”
While Davis admits there may be some nervousness ahead of the tournament, he’s confident the fans’ support can help his nation be successful in France.
“I think it is going to be a great buzz. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few nerves, but that will be a good thing,” Davis added.
“There’s no doubt that the fans are going to be out in their numbers. They give us unbelievable support and always travel home and away.
“I’m sure there will be plenty of people going out there. The players will feed off that and hopefully we can give something back.”