Manager jokes he will ignore any Troy Parrott call-up request

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Republic of Ireland Under-21 manager Stephen Kenny has joked that his phone may be off if Mick McCarthy tries to call to promote Troy Parrott to the senior side.

Parrott made his debut for Ireland’s Under-21 side on Thursday where he scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win against Armenia in Tallaght.

The 17-year-old was originally handed a call up to McCarthy’s 40-man provisional side but subsequently found himself utilised within Kenny’s squad instead.

Parrott made the most of his opportunity to impress when he was included in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad for the pre-season tour of the Far East and the Audi Cup where he starting fixtures against Juventus and Manchester United and also played against Inter Milan.

The highly rated Spurs academy product is also likely to feature in the next Under-21 game on Tuesday when they face Sweden, looking to maintain their 100% start to the Euro qualifier group.

Kenny told The Sun:  “We’re on an early fight, I better switch me phone off!”

He added: “Troy has not played number ten very much for Spurs sometimes but I knew he would get into the box.

“It’s not natural for him to link the play up with quick passing. But he does come deep, lay it off, gets into instinctive, good positions. He reads where crosses go. He’s got composure and he strikes the ball really well.

“He scored a goal, made the keeper save another one and hit the post, and he didn’t even play up front!”

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