Tottenham teenager could become Republic or Ireland’s third youngest player ever

Tottenham teenager could become Republic or Ireland’s third youngest player ever

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Troy Parrott will remain in the Republic of Ireland senior squad for upcoming games against New Zealand and Denmark later this month.

The 17-year-old, who was on Tottenham’s bench for the first time in the Premier League against Everton on Sunday, was named in Mick McCarthy’s initial 39-man party last week – and the Ireland manager has confirmed that Parrott will keep his place when he announces the full squad on Thursday.

Parrott has been in fine form for club and country this season and will be looking to continue his excellent goalscoring run for Spurs’ U19s when they face Red Star Belgrade in the Serbian capital tomorrow having scored four times in their first meeting a fortnight ago.

McCarthy told the FA of Ireland website: “I can confirm Troy will be on the list.

“I spoke to [Republic of Ireland Under-21 manager] Stephen Kenny at our monthly manager’s meeting in Abbotstown on Monday and told him that Troy and Aaron Connolly will be with the senior squad next week.”

“Troy has been pushing for this step up for some time now and I look forward to seeing him on the training ground ahead of the New Zealand game. I hope he pushes me to include him in that game.”

Ireland host the Kiwis in Dublin in a friendly next Thursday before their must-win EURO 2020 qualifier against Denmark four days later. And if Parrott is selected for either game, he will become the third youngest player in Ireland’s history after Jimmy Holmes and former Spurs striker Robbie Keane.

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