Troy Parrott has spoken of his delight after he scored the winning goal for the Republic of Ireland Under-21’s last night.
The 17-year-old was making his first appearance for his country at Under-21 level and netted during the first half of the European Championship qualifier against Armenia at Tallaght Stadium.
Parrott repaid his faith in manager Stephen Kenny for handing him his first start when he was in the right position to tap home after some good play from Aaron Courtney down the left flank saw the ball arrive at the Spurs player’s feet and did what comes naturally to him.
Mauricio Pochettino took Parrott on the club’s pre-season tour of the Far East and Audi Cup and impressed when given the opportunity to feature.
He has continued to train with the Tottenham first-team on occassion whilst frequently travelling with the squad for their Premier League matches as a back-up.
Many fans will certainly be hoping that he gets the opportunity to play in the Carabao Cup third round trip to Colchester United laster this month.
"It just goes to show the talent Ireland have at underage level at all levels.
"Competition for places is really high at the moment."@SpursOfficial forward Troy Parrott speaks to @SDawsonSport following his goalscoring debut for Ireland Under 21s against Armenia tonight. pic.twitter.com/ch3plZlyYC
— eir Sport (@eirSport) September 6, 2019
“It’s important [to get three points] and obviously we came up against tough opposition,” Parrott told Irish broadcaster “It’s important [to get three points] and obviously we came up against tough opposition,” Parrott told Eir Sport on Friday night after the match.
“I didn’t play the first game but I came into this game and you can feel the step up from underage. We’re playing against good opposition – 1-0, they pushed us right to the end. Hopefully we can just push on to Sweden now next week and get nine points.”
“It’s been unbelievable. It’s a great experience,” he added. “Training’s been really sharp coming into the game. We got stuck into the game and we got the win.
“As you can see, Aaron [Connolly] was excellent all game. The pace to beat the defender and pull it back – I was lucky I was in the right position so thankfully I got the goal.
“It just goes to show the talent that Ireland have at underage levels. There’s just so much talent on the pitch here at once. And even on the bench as well.
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