Troy Parrott has received a call up to the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad for the upcoming European Championship qualifying games (The Mirror).
Parrott had originally been named in Mick McCarthy’s senior squad for next month’s games against Switzerland and Bulgaria but instead now looks likely to feature for the Under-21’s whilst remaining on stand by for the senior side.
Ireland will face Armenia in Tallaght on Friday September 6th followed by a trip to Kalmar to take on Sweden on Tuesday 10th September.
The 17-year-old has found himself in an around Mauricio Pochetino’s first team plans after impressing during Tottenham Hotspur’s pre-season tour of the Far East along with an appearance at the Audi Cup which saw him hit the post with an effort on goal against Real Madrid.
Parrott is yet to make his competitive debut for Tottenham but has continued to knock on the door after scoring a brace in the Under-23’s recent win against Manchester City before hobbling off with a knock.
The Dublin-born academy product was also Tottenham’s “nineteenth man” ahead of Sunday’s defeat against Newcastle United.
Irish Under-21s boss Stephen Kenny said about Parrott’s situation to The Mirror: “Yes, I spoke to Mick [McCarthy]. They are available for Under-21 selection and are on standby for the senior internationals.”
“He’s not been able to play that many matches in the calendar year because of injuries but he had a very good pre-season which he benefited from.
“We forget he was still eligible for the Under-17 finals this summer. He has done brilliantly and it speaks volumes for his talent.
“He has been nurtured. He’s flourishing at the moment and has scored goals in the Under-23s team.
“We’re looking forward to having him as we’ve not had him. We’ve selected him but he’s not been available so it will be great for him to make that step up.
“It’ll be great for the Irish public to see him too. We’ve some young strikers in this squad, five of them, and they’re all exciting in their own right.
Republic of Ireland U-21 Squad
Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Gavin Bazunu (Manchester City)
Defenders: Danny McNamara (Newport County, on loan from Millwall), Lee O’Connor (Manchester United), Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Conor Masterson (QPR), Darragh Leahy (Bohemians), Nathan Collins (Stoke City), Liam Scales (UCD AFC)
Centre Midfielders: Jayson Molumby (Millwall, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion), Jason Knight (Derby County), Conor Coventry (West Ham United), Jake Doyle-Hayes (Cheltenham Town, on loan from Aston Villa).
Attacking Midfielders: Jack Taylor (Barnet), Dan Mandroiu (Bohemians), Gavin Kilkenny (AFC Bournemouth), Zack Elbouzedi (Waterford).
Forwards: Adam Idah (Norwich City), Jonathan Afolabi (Celtic), Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion), Michael Obafemi (Southampton), Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur).
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