International manager keeping tabs on Spurs wonderkid

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Dom Le Roy

Republic of Ireland manager, Martin O’Neill has confirmed that Tottenham starlet Troy Parrott is very much on his radar.

Spurs fought off the likes of Chelsea to sign the 16-year-old last season from Dublin-based club Belvedere.

Parrott impressed at the European under-17 championships this summer, scoring three goals as ROI made it to the quarter-finals of the competition.

The teenage wonderkid has recently been seen playing for the Tottenham U23 side, alongside the likes of Marcus Edwards.

O’Neill told RTE Sport’s Tony O’Donoghue: “Pat Jennings was telling me Troy does come up occasionally and train with the first team and they’ve all been pretty impressed with his attitude.

“If someone 16, 17, 18 years of age, who you feel is absolutely ready and is good enough and if you’re choices are limited, and he’s making great progress, I would see no problem in [calling him up].

“I just think there is a little time for development and I don’t think, unless it’s a League Cup game, that Troy will be involved with Tottenham at senior level for the foreseeable future.

“But it’d be nice to know that he thinks there is a chance of that happening and, more importantly, that the coaching staff think there’s a chance of that happening.

“If you’re to listen to Pat, he’s really well thought of. It’s great to see. I wouldn’t be averse to [taking a punt on Parrott]. He might just need a wee bit more honing at this moment.”

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