Sheffield United defender Kieron Freeman has called up by the Wales national team, as per their official website.

The 26-year-old was on the standby list but has now received his first call up by Ryan Giggs’ side who play Republic of Ireland on Tuesday in Dublin.

Freeman has impressed for the Blades so far this season and has been a key player in their rise to the top of the Championship.

He has previously represented Wales at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 but will be hoping to gain his first senior cap now. Ipswich Town winger Gwion Edwards has also been called up and is in contention for his international debut too, as reported by The72 earlier today.

Freeman started his career at Nottingham Forest and rose through the youth ranks at the City Ground. He went onto play twice for their first-team but was snapped up by rivals Derby County in 2012 after loan spells at Mansfield Town and Notts County.

He played 35 times for the Rams altogether in his three years there and also another two loan stints at Mansfield and Notts County. Freeman joined Sheffield United on loan in 2014 and after his release from Derby in 2015, he signed for the Blades on a permanent basis.

Freeman was shipped out on loan to Portsmouth in his early days at Bramall Lane but has since established himself as a first-team regular. He was a huge player for Chris Wilders’ side in their League One title winning season of 2016/17 and chipped in with 8 goals from right-back.

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