Rovers defender Derrick Williams has been added to the Republic of Ireland squad for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Georgia and Switzerland.

The 26-year-old has been moved up from the standby list after team-mates Greg Cunningham and Darragh Lenihan limped off with knee injuries during the 4-2 defeat at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Striker Aaron Connolly will also link up with the squad after scoring twice in Brighton’s 3-0 win over Tottenham, Portsmouth’s Ronan Curtis missing out with a hamstring injury.

“Aaron and Derrick will join up with the squad on Sunday after injuries to Ronan, Greg and Darragh,” Ireland boss Mick McCarthy said.
“I have spoken to Aaron and Derrick and they are looking forward to meeting up with us.

“Aaron enjoyed his full debut for Brighton and we have been keeping a close eye on his progress this season.
“Derrick was in the extended 41-man squad for these games and is playing regularly for Blackburn so this is his chance now.”
The Ireland squad train on home soil from Monday before departing for Tbilisi on Thursday.

The game in Georgia takes place next Saturday, September 12, with the trip to Switzerland coming on Tuesday, September 15.

Willilams, who was also eligible to play for Germany and the United States, won his one and only Ireland cap in a friendly against France in Paris in May 2018.