Report: Pochettino put a stop to Parrot’s senior international call-up

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Dom Le Roy

Big things are expected of Tottenham striker Troy Parrott who has been a prolific goalscorer in youth football for the past couple of years.

With Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen both leaving Spurs, the 17-year-old has now been promoted to the role of back up striker at the club and has been named in Tottenham’s 25-man Champions League squad.

It is not just at Spurs where Parrot has to deal with high expectations but also in his home country as the teenager is regarded by some as the Republic of Ireland’s next biggest goal scoring hope.

There have been calls for the youngster to be included in the Irish senior side but the Spurs striker was only selected for the Ireland U-21s in the recent international break, where he netted 3 goals in his first 2 appearances.

According to a report in The Daily Mail, it is Mauricio Pochettino who stopped Parrott from getting his first senior international call up.

The report claims that the Argentine called Republic of Ireland boss, Mick McCarthy and asked him not to include Troy Parrott in the Irish senior side for a recent friendly with Bulgaria.

The 47-year-old is said to have asked McCarthy to treat the young striker carefully, following which Ireland’s coaching staff decided to include him in the U-21 squad rather than the senior one.

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It is hard to tell if there is any truth to this story but it certainly seems to contradict Mick McCarthy’s assertion that he will hand Parrott a senior cap when he gets some first-team action at Spurs (The Independent). We as Spurs fans mustn’t put too much pressure on the 17-year-old’ shoulders and give him the time he needs to develop into the player he can be.

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