Sheffield United: Kieron Freeman is called-up by Wales as another Blades star is thought to be on stand-by

Kieron Freeman
Kieron Freeman

Sheffield United's Kieron Freeman is in line to win his first Wales cap after being drafted into their squad for next week's pivotal Nations League clash against the Republic of Ireland.

The wing-back was summoned to Cardiff this morning as Ryan Giggs attempts to shore-up his defence following Thursday's 4-1 drubbing by Spain at the Principality Stadium.

United manager Chris Wilder revealed Freeman had been placed on stand-by before the international break and, after seeing both Ethan Ampadu and Chris Mepham limp-out of the meeting with Luis Enrique's side, Giggs has turned to the 26-year-old following his impressive start to the Championship season.

Freeman becomes the sixth first-team regular to be called-up by their respective countries in recent days, and joins United midfielder Ben Woodburn at Giggs' training camp.

"Kieron has been doing ever so well," Wilder said, before the news was announced. "I don't think anyone will be surprised that he's on their radar. These lads deserve to be recognised, it's a proud moment, and testament to the performances they've been putting in."

If Freeman does feature at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, he could find himself playing against his Bramall Lane team mates John Egan and Enda Stevens who are in the Republic of Ireland team which faces Denmark tomorrow.

John Egan and Enda Stevens

John Egan and Enda Stevens

Centre-forward David McGoldrick, whose goals have helped United reach the top of the Championship table, is understood to have been placed on stand-by should the Irish suffer a spate of injuries ahead of Wales' visit.

Freeman has previously represented his country at under-21 level.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder