Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has outlined that Troy Parrott is in the frame to make his senior international in November’s friendly against New Zealand.
Parrott has been in and around the Tottenham first-team this season and impressed earlier this week for their Under-19s side, scoring four goals in the UEFA Youth League against Red Star Belgrade.
The 17-year-old has recently been involved in Stephen Kenny’s Under-21 side, scoring three goals in three games at that level but could find himself involved with the senior side next month.
McCarthy had previously selected Parrott in a provisional squad. But the Spurs man didn’t make the final 23. However, speaking on the FAI’s website he outlined that the friendly against New Zealand could be the ideal opportunity for the 17-year-old to win his first senior cap.
“We have monitored Troy’s form and progress all season and New Zealand could be the ideal chance to have a look at him at senior international level.
“We changed things around for the Bulgaria game in September and we saw the benefit of that with the performances of the players who came into the team and did well. New Zealand may offer similar chances to players in the squad looking to get into the team and for those looking to get into the squad itself.
“Troy could be one of the ones to benefit. He scored four goals on Tuesday which will have done him the world of good and he has served his suspension now after the red card in the Under 21 game against Italy so he will be an option for New Zealand and for this squad.
Parrott’s inclusion would certainly be exciting from an Irish perspective and another player who could win his first Irish senior cap alongside the Spurs striker is QPR’s Ryan Manning.
The 23-year-old has had an extremely impressive start to the season having been moved from a central midfielder to a left-back by manager Mark Warburton. McCarthy highlighted that his inclusion could be very to the side.
“Ryan is another player who could benefit from the fact that we play New Zealand just four days before the Euro qualifier against Denmark. I watched him again on Tuesday night and he is playing well in a very competitive QPR team who are well up there in the Championship.
“I know Ryan started his career as a central midfielder but he played both as a left-back and as a left-sided wing back against Reading on Tuesday and he did well.”
The two players will surely fancy their chances of being included in McCarthy’s squad ahead of November’s double header against New Zealand and Denmark.