Captain Steven Davis will become the third Northern Irishman to win 100 caps on Thursday when he leads them against Switzerland in the first leg of their World Cup play-off, writes Liam Blackburn.
Southampton midfielder Davis, 32, will follow in the footsteps of Pat Jennings and Aaron Hughes at Windsor Park.
Davis' international manager and team-mates have paid tribute to their skipper ahead of the milestone.
Manager Michael O'Neill:
"It's a great honour for him. I feel quite privileged as a manager to be able to give him that 100th cap. When I came in I felt it was the right time for him to captain the team. He's done fantastically for me. He's missed two games in that period, both through injury. He's a very humble person, he's got time for everyone but has a great inner strength as well. Steven's a captain that leads by example, takes care of everyone in the group and on the pitch takes enormous responsibility."
Defender Jonny Evans:
"He's such a good player, really under-rated. I feel we all feel that within the squad - how good he is. He brings a real maturity to our team. His performances over the last couple of years have been outstanding. I always remember coming into the squad 10, 11 years ago and every game Davo gets man of the match. He's just that type of player."
Midfielder Paddy McNair:
"He's been great ever since I've come into the squad. He's a brilliant player, deserves 100 caps and I'm sure he'll get a lot more. He's been a big part of why we're doing so well. All the players know how good he is. Maybe sometimes fans just look at a Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, but all the players know how good he is."
Forward Josh Magennis:
"He's our talisman. In the future, people will talk about him being one of the greats. He's been so consistent for such a long time. It's great for me to be able to say I've played with such a player. His attitude is superb on and off the pitch. He's somebody I've gone to for advice, even about things that have nothing to do with football, he's always there for a phone call. He tells you what you need to hear. I pick his brains as much as possible because I can learn so much from him. He's been such a good player for this country. You won't really realise his impact until he retires. Hopefully he doesn't retire. Hopefully, he's a Benjamin Button and he stays around for years to come."
Forward Jamie Ward:
"As a leader, he's brilliant and obviously as a player, he's very good. His career speaks for itself. He has worked hard for it. He's obviously always wanted to play for Northern Ireland from a young age, so it's a big bonus for him. We were at Aston Villa together - Davo was a year above me from when I left school - we had a few years together and you could see he had talent. It's a great achievement and he'll go on and get many more caps.