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Williams learning from Ireland experience

The defender says he keen to "take it all in" during the international break, before rejoining Rovers' promotion push

22 March 2018

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Rovers defender Derrick Williams says he's enjoying being a part of the Ireland set-up, and is trying to absorb as much of the experience as possible.

Williams is one of two Rovers regulars included in the squad, alongside Darragh Lenihan, ahead of their friendly against Turkey on Friday evening.

Derrick has been an ever-present at Ewood Park this season, and says he feels right at home in the Irish side.

"This is definitely a step up but I don’t feel out of place," he told the Irish Mirror.

"I feel like I’m doing well at the moment and taking it all in.”

Son of an American father and Irish mother, Derrick was born in Germany but moved to America as a baby.

Asked about his eligibility for other nations, the full-back reveals he could have played international football Stateside.

“I think there was an approach from the USA when I was younger,” he added.

“I can’t remember what age group I was playing at for Ireland at the time but I’ve played at pretty much every age group for Ireland.

But would be be tempted by another call from across the Atlantic? “Not at the minute, no," he says.

We'd like to wish Derrick good luck ahead of Friday's game and will keep fans updated on his progress.

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