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Boss delighted for Darragh and Del

Tony says Lenihan and Williams are deserving of their international recognition

25 May 2018

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Rovers manager Tony Mowbray says he was thrilled to see two of his first-team stars represent their country for the first time last week.

Defensive duo Darragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams were selected by Ireland to face Celtic in Scott Brown's testimonial last Sunday, a game played in front of around 55,000 fans.

The news comes on the back of a successful season at Rovers, of course, and Mowbray says international recognition is a source of pride for the club.

“I’m delighted. I spoke to Darragh yesterday, he was excited to have played at Celtic Park in Scott Brown’s testimonial," he said, speaking on Wednesday.

"I’m delighted for any player who plays at international level and it’s great that they’ve been recognised after a successful season at Rovers.

"They’ve got to stay fit over the summer and might get some extra time off to make sure they’re psychologically ready for the new season, but I’m delighted for them.

"To make that breakthrough at international level is fantastic and we’re delighted and proud to have players playing for their countries.”

The pair will now hope to get a first senior cap for Martin O'Neill's side when they travel to Paris to take on France in a friendly on Monday.

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