Derby County’s Jason Knight was named in the starting line-up as the Republic of Ireland claimed a draw against Belgium, the world’s number one ranked side, in an international friendly on Saturday night.

The game, played at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, finished in a 2-2 draw with Derby midfielder Knight named in the starting line-up and producing a typically hardworking display.

Winning his ninth international cap, the 21-year-old played 76 minutes of the contest before being replaced.

Belgium took the lead after 12 minutes through Michy Batshuayi, but Chiedozie Ogbene levelled with a deflected bicycle kick ten minutes before half-time.

The visitors regained the lead just before the hour mark when Hans Vanaken's header went into the net off captain Seamus Coleman, but Alan Browne thumped a towering header past Simon Mignolet to earn the home side a draw four minutes from time.

Ireland, managed by Stephen Kenny, will remain on home soil for their next friendly when they take on Lithuania on Tuesday 29th March (7:45pm kick-off) as they prepare for their UEFA Nations League encounters against Ukraine, Armenia and Scotland in June.