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Irish defenders included in Football League's team of the week

John Egan and Alex Pearce had a good weekend.

IRISH DEFENDERS JOHN Egan and Alex Pearce have been named in the English Football League team of the week after excelling for their respective clubs over the weekend.

Newcastle United v Brentford - Sky Bet Championship - St James' Park Brentford's John Egan. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

24-year-old Egan played a key role in Brentford’s 2-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Friday night, the club’s first at Loftus Road in 52 years.

The Ireland underage international joined the Championship side from Gillingham at the start of the season and has established himself as a regular under Dean Smith.

Egan has started all 15 of Brentford’s league games this campaign with the London club sitting 10th in the table.

Pearce, meanwhile, is included in the XI on the back of a goal-scoring performance during Derby’s 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Capped seven times by Ireland, Pearce was on loan at Bristol City last year but has worked his way into the fold since Steve McClaren returned to the iPro Stadium.

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