McCarthy reveals Parrott will start for Ireland and how he can earn spot in EURO 2020 qualifier

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur striker, Troy Parrott, made the final Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming friendly against New Zealand and EURO 2020 qualifier against Denmark.

Mick McCarthy, the senior team manager, has now revealed that Parrott will definitely start the match against New Zealand this week, along with Jack Byrne and Lee O’Connell.

The Ireland manager claimed he wanted to start some of the younger lads, assumedly to give them a chance to impress and to rest the first team for the Denmark game.

However, when asked if whether he would have to include Parrott in the Denmark game if he went and scored a couple against New Zealand, McCarthy hinted that it would play on his mind.

Parrott only joined Spurs from Belvedere back in 2017 but has gone from strength to strength in the two years he has been in North London.

He made his senior debut for the Lilywhites earlier this season in a 0-0 Carabao Cup match against League Two Colchester United.

McCarthy had this to say (Football London): “The younger lads will play. Lee O’Connell will play, Troy Parrott will start and Jack Byrne will start.”

On what would happen if he scored a brace against New Zealand, McCarthy added: “It’s hypothetical really isn’t it, and I don’t talk hypothetically. Let’s hope he does it. Let’s hope he gets the goals and plays really well. You know if he scores two goals and plays really well I might have a clamour in my own head to include him in the game as well so fingers crossed he does that.”

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