NEWPORT County AFC defender Danny McNamara has been called up to the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad for two upcoming European Under-21 Championship qualifying matches.

The full-back, who is on loan from Championship club Millwall, will be part of Ireland's set-up as they prepare to play Armenia and Sweden in their bid to qualify for the 2021 UEFA Under-21 Championships in Hungary and Slovenia.

It is the first time the 20-year-old has been selected.

He will miss County's home match with Port Vale on September 7 as a result.

After receiving the news of his call-up, McNamara said: "Representing Ireland is something I’ve worked towards for a long time. Now I’m excited and can’t wait to meet up with the lads and get going."

Exiles boss Michael Flynn said: "It’s great news for Danny and very much deserved.

"His consistency has been superb for a young player and it goes to show the club are giving young players a platform to improve and get international recognition."