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Darragh earns Ireland call

The defender could add to his caps tally against Wales and Poland next month

27 August 2018

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Rovers defender Darragh Lenihan has been included in the provisional Republic of Ireland squad for the UEFA Nations League opener against Wales and the international friendly with Poland.

The centre back, who has played every minute of this season so far, helping Rovers keep three clean sheets in the last four games, could make a second and third cap against the Welsh on September 6th before tackling Poland five days later.

The 24-year-old earned his first cap earlier in the summer against the USA, playing 55 minutes at the Aviva Stadium.

Fellow Rover Derrick Williams hasn't been included due to the foot injury picked up earlier this season.

Lenihan will link up with former Rovers pair Shane Duffy and Alan Judge in the squad, which will be updated on Monday 3rd September ahead of training at the FAI National Training Centre.

The full squad can be found below:

Goalkeepers: Colin Doyle (Hearts), Sean McDermott (Kristiansund BK), Kieran O'Hara (Macclesfield Town*), Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough)

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Kevin Long, Stephen Ward (Burnley), John Egan, Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Darragh Lenihan (Rovers), Greg Cunningham (Cardiff City)

Midfielders: Alan Judge (Brentford), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Shaun Williams (Millwall), David Meyler (Reading), Harry Arter (Cardiff City*), Daryl Horgan (Hibernian), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City)

Forwards: Jonathan Walters (Burnley), Shane Long (Southampton), Graham Burke, Callum Robinson (Preston North End), Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) 

*Indicates player is on loan


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