MILLWALL manager Ian Holloway is backing Alan Dunne and Shaun Williams to win call ups to the Republic of Ireland squad this season.
Holloway has said the duo can make the step up to international football after Eire boss Martin O'Neill watched the Lions' midweek draw with Sheffield Wednesday.
Both Williams and Dunne were born in Dublin but have never played for their country.
But Holloway said: "Surely they've got to be looking at Dunney? Is there a better defender than Dunney in Ireland at the moment?
"He's a fantastic player – he's in great form, he's my captain and he deserves it."
Like Dunne, Williams has also made a storming start to the new season.
But Holloway reckons the 27-year-old can get even better.
"I think Williams could play for Ireland but it depends what position they are looking for," the Millwall boss added. "Shaun can pass the ball as good as anybody.
"He's a good footballer. I need people who want the ball playing for me. You have got to be ready to pass the ball and Shaun can certainly do that. That's why we bought him.
"He's been in the lower leagues for most of his career but I believe he's improving all the time.
"He's got to play more like a midfielder than a centre half. Nicky Bailey plays like a midfielder doing defensive duties but Willo has been a centre half for the last two years.
"Shaun hit a brilliant pass over the top to Lee Gregory on Tuesday and he needs to do that a bit more.
"He's got a range of passing yet that nobody has seen yet. Part of being a midfielder is creating and I'm expecting him to do that more."
According to reports, O'Neill was impressed by Williams even though he missed a penalty.
But Holloway has revealed that he may take the midfielder off spot-kick duties.
"When you miss a penalty it should be someone else's chance," Holloway said.
"I don't like people who've just missed taking the next one. If we've got Ricardo Fuller on the pitch, there isn't a better penalty taker than him."