BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Shaun Williams nearly marked his first Republic of Ireland cap with a goal as he made a late appearance as a substitute in their 2-0 defeat to France earlier this week.
The Millwall midfielder replaced Kevin Long in the 80th minute and had a chance to score, only to be denied by former Crystal Palace goalkeeper Steve Mandanda at the Stade de France.
Williams will be hoping for more game time when Ireland face the USA on Saturday night.
He also featured for his country as they fielded an XI in the testimonial game for Celtic midfielder Scott Brown.
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