Derrick Williams has been named in the Republic of Ireland squad for their upcoming matches.

Williams made his competitive debut for his country in a 0-0 draw with Georgia last month, with his debut coming in a friendly against France in May 2018.

The 26-year-old, watched by national team scouts in the 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday last week, is one of eight defenders named ahead of a friendly with New Zealand on November 18 and a crucial Euro 2020 qualifying showdown with Denmark four days later.

Williams is included in the 28-man party that was whittled down from 39, a squad which initially included fellow Rovers defender Darragh Lenihan. His withdrawal, along with that of Rovers loanee Greg Cunningham, saw Williams, previously on standby, named in the full squad for games with Georgia and Switzerland.

Troy Parrott and Lee O’Connor are included in the squad, having been promoted from the Under-21s, and could get a chance in next Thursday night’s friendly against the Kiwis in Dublin

Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick, who missed last month’s games through injury, is included. Darren Randolph, Matt Doherty and Glenn Whelan are also called up, despite still working their way back to full fitness.

“The benefit of the friendly before the competitive game is that it allows me to try out a few things and give match time to players who need it,” boss Mick McCarthy said.

“The same will apply for other players who will get a chance against New Zealand and can give me something to think about for the Denmark match. We know that’s the game we have to win and I can’t wait to get into camp now on Sunday and start working with these players again.”