Rovers defender Derrick Williams celebrated his third international cap with a first goal for the Republic of Ireland.

Williams drew Ireland level moments before half-time with a fine header from Robbie Brady’s corner against New Zealand.

The 26-year-old started at left back in the friendly in Dublin and was replaced 56 minutes in to the game.

He will hope to have pushed his claims for involvement in Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Denmark, with Mick McCarthy’s side knowing a win would guarantee them a place at next month’s finals.

Williams’ goal was his fourth of the season, and second in two games having netted in Rovers’ defeat at Leeds United last weekend.

He has made 15 consecutive Championship appearances for Rovers, the last two coming at left back, with his form enough to see him recalled to the national fold.

The former Bristol City defender won his first cap in a friendly against France in May 2018 and made his competitive debut in the closing stages of last month’s qualifier in Georgia.