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Shaun Williams makes international bow for the Republic of Ireland in Paris

The Millwall midfielder featured against France for Martin O'Neill's men...

29 May 2018

Millwall's Shaun Williams featured as a second-half substitute for the Republic of Ireland against France on Monday evening, as the midfielder made his international bow.

The 31-year-old replaced Matthew Doherty with 10 minutes left on the clock, as Martin O'Neill's men fell to a 2-0 friendly defeat at the Stade de France.

The Lions midfielder was one of three players making their official debuts, with Shamrock Rovers striker Graham Burke - the first League of Ireland player to earn an international cap since 2007 - introduced for Callum O'Dowda on 70 minutes.

Blackburn Rovers defender Derrick Williams was also handed a first start at left-back.

Chelsea's Olivier Giroud bundled in the opener just before the interval for the hosts after his initial header had been blocked on the line, before Nabil Fekir soon made it 2-0 with a curled finish.

Ireland rallied after the break though, and went close to netting a consolation goal in injury-time - incidentally through Williams - whose close-range shot was stopped superbly by French goalkeeper Steve Mandanda. 

Williams has an opportunity to add to his solitary international appearance when The Republic entertain the USA in another friendly in Dublin on Saturday night.

Photo credit - Seb Daly/Sportsfile.

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