Irish U21s manager Stephen Kenny has given a positive update about potentially including U19s standout strikers Troy Parrott and Adam Idah in his upcoming squads for their European qualifiers.
Parrott and Idah have both impressed for their respective clubs this season with the former grabbing 14 goals for Spurs’ U18s and the latter scoring eight times for Norwich U23s.
Both are also a part of Tom Mohan’s impressive U19s squad which reached the elite phase of the European Qualifiers in October, with Parrott scoring a hat-trick against the Faroe Island and Idah bagging against Netherlands and Bosnia.
When asked about the pair being fast-tracked to the U21s side, despite being 16 and 17 respectively, Kenny conceded that if their form continues he may have to consider them for a call-up.
“Troy Parrott and Adam Idah being fast-tracked to the 21s is something we are going to have to consider, admitted Kenny.
“It’ll be based on form but it’s early to make statements as to who is going to be in the squad. I was at Spurs vs Liverpool the U23s match a few weeks ago and Troy came on for the last few minutes.
“It’s premature to suggest who we’re going to pick for the first squad in March but there’s no doubt that they are players with potential.”
The former Dundalk boss selected a home training squad on Thursday, with nine different League of Ireland clubs represented.
Shamrock Rovers have had three players called up while there are call-ups for Sligo Rovers centre-back John Mahon, Cork City defender Conor McCarthy, St. Patrick’s Athletic midfielder Jamie Lennon and also included are the UCD trio of Conor Kearns, Liam Scales and Neil Farrugia.
Kenny was also quizzed about getting the balance between the likes of Troy Parrott and Adam Idah who are impressing at big clubs but only at underage level, and the domestic selections who are gaining first-team experience in important games but in a less heralded league.
“That’s the art of picking of picking a squad,” said Kenny.
“Some of the U23 games in England are better than others, they are different types of games. You have to think about whether the cut and thrust of League One or League Two or the League of Ireland is a better platform for the players where the outcome of the games is hugely significant.
“That’s the dilemma and the decision I’m going to have to make based on what I see. I’ll enjoy that.”
All of the players are eligible for the upcoming UEFA U-21 European Championships campaign, which starts in March against Luxembourg at Tallaght Stadium.