Midfielder keen to impress international boss O'Neill
Millwall's Shaun Williams has revealed that the prospect of playing for the Republic of Ireland would be a 'dream come true'.
The midfielder, born near Dublin, has impressed since arriving at The Den from MK Dons in January and put in a masterful display against Sheffield Wednesday last Tuesday with Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill watching from the stands.
Whilst the 27-year-old wasn't picked in his latest squad, Williams hopes his performances for The Lions will keep him in O'Neill's thinking going forward.
"Hopefully if I keep in the team and playing well and the team doing well," Williams said, "It would be a dream come true for me to represent my country.
"I've said before that the club comes first. If I'm doing well for the club it's all well and good if I get selected but if not it's no different from the rest of my career so far to not be selected.
"If I'm doing well hopefully the opportunity arises and if not I'll be happy just to be doing the right things for the club."
Williams was speaking after Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Rotherham, a result which ended a 12-match unbeaten streak stretching back to the end of the last season.
"Every game is different. We play different tactics against different teams and it just wasn't meant to be.
"It's only been one loss. We were always going to eventually lose a game, it's just unfortunate how it happened.
"They played quite well and defended well and we just didn't create enough chances."