Manager reveals why he will not call up Troy Parrott for senior debut

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Tottenham Hotspur youngster Troy Parrott has found himself in Mauricio Pochettino’s first team frame this season.

The 17-year-old was included in the club’s pre-season tour of the Far East and the Audi Cup competition in Germany.

Despite his young age, he showed his promise which included him hitting the post against Real Madrid.

He carried his form into the Under-23 campaign for Spurs when he netted a brace in the 3-1 win against Manchester City last month at the new stadium.

Parrott was originally named in Mick McCarthy’s 40-man provisional Republic of Ireland squad but was subsequently moved to the Under-21 side (Irish Times).

The forward wasted no time when he scored on his debut for Stephen Kenny’s side in the 1-0 win against Armenia.

Despite his impressive display, McCarthy has resisted the urge to promote Parrott back into the senior side by instead claiming that he would benefit more from playing in the Under-21 European qualifier in Sweden than the senior’s friendly against Bulgaria.

McCarthy told the Irish Sun when asked if Parrott could receive a call-up “No, he’s got a competitive game,”

“And Troy, if he plays for them in a competitive game, what more is he going to tell me against Bulgaria, a friendly?” 


While it would be a huge honour for Parrott to receive a senior cap at such a tender age, McCarthy is looking at the situation objectively and another run out at under-21 level will certainly be a greater benefit to the player.

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