Tottenham’s Troy Parrott has been named in Mick McCarthy’s provisional 39-man Republic of Ireland squad for their must-win EURO 2020 qualifier against Christian Eriksen’s Denmark in Dublin next month.
Ireland play New Zealand in a friendly four days earlier and Parrott has been rewarded for his excellent form for both Spurs and Ireland’s Under-21s so far this season.
The 17-year-old has still only made one senior appearance for Tottenham – in their Carabao Cup penalty shoot-out defeat at Colchester United last month – but has scored three goals in as many Ireland U21 games since making his debut and also bagged four goals for Spurs’ youth team in their 9-2 victory over Red Star Belgrade in the UEFA Youth League last week.
Parrott was included in initial 40-man McCarthy’s squad for their games against Bulgaria and Switzerland in September, but eventually dropped down to the U21s and ended up being on standby for the senior side. However, McCarthy thinks this could be his chance to impress.
“It could be the perfect opportunity to have a look at Troy Parrott for example and see how he makes the step-up to senior international football after impressing so many people at underage level with Ireland and Spurs.” he told the Irish Examiner.