Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen has praised his Tottenham teammate Troy Parrott as the two prepare to do battle in tonight’s crucial Euro 2020 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium.
Parrott won his first cap for the Irish senior team in the 3-1 victory against New Zealand last week and despite not finding the net, the 17-year-old looked comfortable leading the line for the Boys in Green.
The Spurs striker has been named in the 23-man squad by Mick McCarthy for Monday’s battle with Denmark, who will be hoping Parrott’s North London teammate Eriksen can be their key man in Dublin once again.
The 27-year-old scored a hat-trick when Denmark defeated Ireland in the World Cup 2018 play-off two years ago but before Monday’s crunch clash, Eriksen took the time to praise the qualities of Parrott who he compared to England’s Harry Kane.
“If he’s going to beat Harry Kane [for a starting spot with Spurs] then it’s going to be tough,” Eriksen said in quotes reported by RTÉ.
“But, no, he’s done very well. He’s trained with us for a while now and he played a few games in the pre-season.
“He’s a good player. I wouldn’t say it’s fair to say he’s like Harry Kane, he’s obviously not but he has similar [traits].
“He’s good on the ball, good finishing and makes some good runs.
“He’s still young so he has a lot to learn but he’s a good lad.”
Parrott will be hoping to feature tonight in what is undoubtedly McCarthy’s biggest game since his return to the Irish setup at the end of 2018.
The task facing him however is a difficult one, with Ireland failing to beat Denmark in their last five games and Age Hareide’s side unbeaten in the group so far.
If the Boys in Green win then they book their place in next summer’s Euro 2020 finals but if they lose or draw with the Danes then they will face a two game play-off in March.