Tottenham Hotspur youngster Troy Parrott is now in line to make his debut for the Republic of Ireland later on this month.
Republic of Ireland’s U21 manager Stephen Kenny has stated that he is ‘absolutely delighted’ that Tottenham’s Troy Parrott has been called up to Ireland’s senior squad for their up and coming internationals.
Spurs youngster Parrott has been producing the goods under the stewardship of Kenny for Ireland’s youngsters for some while now, whilst he has also been on the fringes of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad, as he is now seemingly going to take the next step in his game.
The highly-rated teenager could possibly represent Mick McCarthy’s men when they take on New Zealand in an international friendly, and more importantly Denmark in a crucial Euro 2020 qualifier later on this month.
After the news came out that Parrott was going to make the step-up to the senior level, one of the men who has watched him regularly on the training pitch was over the moon with the news.
“Troy has been unfortunate with a few injuries in the season,” Kenny told the Irish Examiner. “He had a rib injury and knee injury that ruled him out of the Toulon Tournament and some subsequent internationals. But obviously, in his first two internationals he played at U21 level he scored three goals, which is a terrific return.
“He helped us to get three points against Armenia and Sweden, and he played against Italy, of course. He was unfortunately sent off in that game but we were delighted to have him for the period we had him.
“He did terrifically well. While we want to try to qualify and progress at U21 level, it is ultimately about players progressing and becoming senior internationals, so I’m absolutely delighted for him that he’s called up. That’s the way it goes.”
A proper breakthrough season is seemingly around the corner for Parrott, who is knocking on the door of Pochettino at club level.
The Spurs academy product has a perfect example in Harry Kane to look up to because he has walked the same path Parrott is now trying to make.
In the meantime, he will be looking to impress at any given opportunity, as the international stage with the Republic of Ireland is one where he could announce himself to many.