Portsmouth winger Ronan Curtis handed Republic of Ireland debut against Northern Ireland 

Republic of Ireland's Ronan Curtis, left, and Northern Ireland's Craig Cathcart battle for the ball during the International Friendly at The Aviva Stadium, Dublin.
Republic of Ireland's Ronan Curtis, left, and Northern Ireland's Craig Cathcart battle for the ball during the International Friendly at The Aviva Stadium, Dublin.
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Ronan Curtis has made his Republic of Ireland senior debut.

The Pompey winger was introduced as a half-time substitute during Martin O’Neill’s side’s 0-0 friendly draw against Northern Ireland in Dublin tonight. 

The former Derry City man replaced Callum O'Dowda after the break at the Aviva Stadium.

Curtis, who has scored six goals and created seven for the League One table-topping Blues this season, displayed plenty of endeavour on his bow. 

The 22-year-old drove at Northern Ireland’s defence several times, although he was unable to find a breakthrough for the hosts.

Nevertheless, it was a proud achievement for Curtis, Pompey boss Kenny Jackett and everyone else at Fratton Park.

He could make his second appearance when Eire travel to Denmark in the Nations League on Monday. 

Curtis became the Blues’ first senior international since Mustapha Dumbuya featured for Sierra Leone six years ago.