Brighton & Hove Albion under-21 defender Glen Rea made his Republic of Ireland debut on Saturday.
The centre-back, who can also play in midfield, completed 90 minutes for Ireland’s under-21s during their 1-0 reverse to the USA in Marbella, earning commendation from boss Noel King.
He said, “Brian Lenihan did very well, Glen Rea did well in midfield, Conor Wilkinson was good up front.
“I don't like naming individuals but overall we used 16 players and they all acquitted themselves well. It's been a worthwhile exercise and we look forward to facing Russia on Monday.”
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England’s under-20s face Portugal today (kick-off 2.30pm) while Ireland’s under-21s take on Russia (kick-off 5pm).
Meanwhile Albion under-18 player Dessie Hutchinson also represented Ireland during their under-19s 4-1 Euro qualifying victory over Gibraltar, while Christian Walton was an unused substitute for England under-20s for their 2-2 draw with Canada.