Tottenham striker Troy Parrott impressed again for Republic of Ireland U21s but Mick McCarthy admits he’ll have to play first-team football for Spurs to push his way into the senior side of the country.
Parrott scored the winner on Friday for Ireland U21s on his introduction, before returning the bench to score twice in a 3-1 win against Sweden on Tuesday.
The 17-year-old was an important portion of Tottenham’s pre-season excursion, featuring against Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich and has become Spurs’ striker that is second behind Harry Kane.
However, McCarthy insists Parrott needs Tottenham first-team actions before he could be chosen for Ireland’s senior side, saying:”Get in the very first group.
“You do understand the U21s and the U23s where he is playing with is far-removed from where we are playing, don’t you? There is a difference.
“Should I believe he’s correct, I’ll take him. We are going to try and get him watched. It’s interesting – when he hadn’t come on and accomplishing his own objectives, I wonder what would the questions have been had he never come on, because Stephen’s not played with him?
“If a person makes you a substitute and you run to a do that, deliver that sort of functionality, that’s what it is all about. He is a good kid and I’m excited .”
He is in line to make his competitive debut although Parrott has not emerged for Spurs at the Premier League nonetheless this year.
The youngster can also be set to advance in national level with his U21s director Stephen Kenny stepping up to handle the side following their Euro 2020 effort, which McCarthy says should permit a natural progression from youth level.
McCarthy stated:”You are all talking about these coming through into the first group. When he [Kenny] has got the job and it will not be that long now – he will be placed.
“In the meantime, it is me that’s come in and could have taken the backlash had drawn in Gibraltar or dropped from Gibraltar, and that’s protected him from that.
“Hopefully we qualify, get to the Euros and it will be regarded as a excellent decision to have achieved exactly what we did.”

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