Leighton Clarkson got a valuable 90 minutes under his belt for England Under-20s and will be due back in Rovers training n Thursday to build-up for the weekend visit of Coventry City.

Clarkson was one of only two senior players, along with Ben Brereton, away with their country during the international window, with the Liverpool loanee having been called up by the England age group side.

He was an unused substitute in a 1-1 draw with Italy last week in Chesterfield, but got a starting spot for the 5-0 win over Czech Republic on Monday.

Goals from Miguel Azeez, Jay Stansfield, Faustino Anjorin, James Hill and an own goal by Martin Suchomel secured the victory for England in Teplice, with Clarkson coming through 90 minutes in what was his second cap.

His debut came off the bench in a 6-1 win over Romania during the September window.

Clarkson has made five substitute appearances for Rovers since agreeing a season-long loan switch from Liverpool. He made back-to-back starts against West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough, with his other coming in the win over Hull City on September 14.

In the last month he has managed substitute appearances against Barnsley and Huddersfield Town, but was unused in the win over Cardiff City and Blackpool.

Opportunities in midfield have proven hard to come by for Rovers this season, with Jacob Davenport another waiting in the wings, while Bradley Johnson’s return will only strengthen those options.

Lewis Travis and Joe Rothwell have started all 11 Championship matches so far, with John Buckley only one behind on 10.