International calls are fine by Rotherham United boss

MANAGER Paul Warne says increasing international recognition for Rotherham United players is another reminder that the club is on the right lines.

Midfielder Richie Towell has been called up to the full Republic of Ireland squad for the first time for their upcoming games against Denmark and Wales. Semi Ajayi is involved in Nigeria's double-header against Libya in the African Cup of Nations while Perth-born winger Ryan Williams’ is in Australia's preliminary squad.

In addition, goalkeeper Marek Rodak will be on duty for Slovakia U21s during the international break while on-loan QPR man Ryan Manning hooks up with the Republic of Ireland U21s.

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Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Birmingham City, Warne has no problem with losing players to play for their countries.

Semi Ajayi: strong season has put him in the international frame.

“It is good that we have players who get international recognition,” he told the Advertiser. “If they are then it means they must be doing something right for us every week. Someone asked me whether it is a problem Semi Ajayi going away to play with all the Nigerian superstars. Why would it have a negative effect on him? It makes him play at a level and want to better himself.

“The fact these players are under consideration is great for everyone."

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Richard Wood (groin) is expected to miss the trip to St Andrew's while fitness checks will be run on Kyle Vassell and Towell, who has had fluid drained from his knee.

Much more on the Millers in today's Advertiser.