McCarthy urges Parrott to seize his chance

Republic Of Ireland
Former defender Richard Dunne has urged Republic of Ireland coach Mick McCarthy to name Tottenham's Troy Parrott in his next squad.

Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy hopes teenager Troy Parrott gives him a selection headache after Thursday's friendly clash with New Zealand.

Tottenham starlet Parrott will be making his senior international debut for the Republic during the clash with the All Whites at the Aviva Stadium, with McCarthy once again showing he is keen to give youth a chance.

It was McCarthy, during his first stint as Ireland boss, who handed then 17-year-old Robbie Keane his international debut against the Czech Republic in 1998.

Keane went on to score 68 goals in 146 appearances for his country, both of which are national records, while the former Spurs and Leeds forward is now part of McCarthy’s coaching team.

While it would be a big ask for Parrott to replicate Keane’s heroics, McCarthy has urged the 17-year-old to seize his chance and give him a selection headache for Monday’s crucial Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark.

“It doesn’t take a special kind to be pitched in – it takes a special kind when they are pitched in to thrive and make a good impression,” McCarthy told reporters.

“I hope that’s the case with Troy. Robbie did it instantly and continued to do it for how many years, caps and goals?”

Asked about his potential inclusion for the Denmark game, McCarthy added: “You know, if he plays really well and scores two goals, I might have a clamour in my own head to include him in the game as well, so fingers crossed he does that.”

Parrot will not be only Irish debutant on Thursday. Celtic defender Lee O’Connor is also set for his international bow, while Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne will be handed his first start for his country.