Derby County youngsters Jason Knight and Louie Watson have been selected to represent the Republic of Ireland at senior and U21 levels respectively.

Knight has already been capped three times by The Boys in Green. Originally part of the U21 setup, the midfielder was called up to the senior side at the last minute due to injuries within the squad.

He earned his first cap against Finland, appearing for the last seven minutes of a Nations League clash in October, prior to another cameo appearance against Wales the following month.

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Dublin , Ireland – 18 November 2020; Jason Knight of Republic of Ireland during the UEFA Nations League B match between Republic of Ireland and Bulgaria at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (Photo By Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

The 20-year-old then made his full debut in November, starting against Bulgaria in Nations League action once more, playing the entirety of a 0-0 draw.


Watson, who was actually born in England, will be a part of the U21 squad for the first time after impressing with the Derby first team in recent weeks.

Whilst in the West Ham academy, the teenager made two appearances for the Republic of Ireland U18s, both friendlies against Turkey, drawing one and losing the other.

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CARDIFF, WALES – MARCH 02: Rubin Colwill of Cardiff City FC and Louie Watson of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Derby County at Cardiff City Stadium on March 2, 2021 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Cardiff City FC/Getty Images)

Knight could potentially face Serbia, Luxembourg and Qatar as part of the senior team’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers.For Watson, it’s just the one encounter.

If selected, he shall face Wales U21s in an international friendly. He is one of 14 uncapped players who will be competing for a spot in the lineup.

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