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Nottingham Forest winger Deimantas Petravicius shines on international duty for Lithuania U-21s

The Lithuanian international gave the Republic of Ireland some real trouble last night.

Nottingham Forest have a full international in their ranks who has never played for the club, featuring only for their under-21 side.

Deimantas Petravicius only turned 20 in September but is already a Lithuanian international, with two caps for his country’s senior side.

The busy winger, who can play right or left, has been at Forest since 2011 but has not yet made a breakthrough into the first-team – despite his international achievements.

But last night he was in fantastic form for the Lithuania Under-21 side, with a performance which must have caught the eye of Dougie Freedman and the Forest hierarchy.

He was in action against the Republic of Ireland Under-21s in a European Championship qualifying match and was a constant thorn in the side of the Irish youngsters.

Dagenham and Redbridge left-back Jack Connors pulled up lame trying to keep up with him in the 18th minute and his replacement, Sean Kavanagh of Fulham, did not fare much better as Petravicius looked like a man who has regular playing time for Forest.

It might be interesting to see if Forest do give the 20-year-old a chance going forward after his excellent display for his country.

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