Derby County midfielder Louie Watson has been called up to the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad for the first time in his career.

The 19-year-old has impressed Rams boss Wayne Rooney since his arrival in October 2020 and earned his place amongst the first team squad in recent months.

He made his league debut in the 4-0 victory over Birmingham City in December, whilst his first start for the club came on Tuesday night in the Rams' 2-2 draw against Brentford at Pride Park Stadium.

The midfielder, who has represented Ireland at Under-18s level, will link up with Jim Crawford‘s Under-21s side for their upcoming international fixture.

They face Wales at the Colliers Park in Wrexham on Friday 26th March (1pm kick off).

Watson has made six senior appearances for Derby so far this season, as well as ten appearances and one goal for the Rams' Under-23s.