Who’s ready to (potentially) become the world’s biggest Ireland fans? Word came through the internet today that 17-year old Tottenham Hotspur striker has again been called up to represent Ireland’s senior team in next month’s international break. Manager Mick McCarthy has named Parrott as one of 39 players in Ireland’s provisional squad.
This is the second time that Party Parrott has been named to a provisional Ireland squad — McCarthy called him up back in September, only to cut him from the final squad in that break. Parrott went on to make his Ireland U21 debut as a 17-year old, scoring a goal in the process.
Parrott has been absolutely hot stuff lately — he scored four goals for Spurs U19s in their 9-2 dismantling of Red Star last week, and there’s reason to think that he might actually make the cut this time around under McCarthy. Just being in the conversation to play senior international football for a European side at the age of 17 is a pretty big deal.
Especially exciting this time around is that McCarthy mentioned Parrott specifically with regards to the New Zealand match. A friendly, McCarthy seems open to the idea of rotating in some young players that could represent the future if Irish football.
“The New Zealand game is a chance to have a look at the players who are fighting to be in the team and some of the players fighting to be in the squad. We saw how beneficial it was to change things up for the recent Bulgaria friendly and we may well do that again against New Zealand.
“It could be the perfect opportunity to have a look at Troy Parrott for example and see how he makes the step-up to senior international football after impressing so many people at underage level with Ireland and Spurs.”
That certainly sounds promising! Ireland plays New Zealand on November 14 before playing a critical EURO qualifier against Denmark in Dublin on November 18.