"He Will Be In The Next Ireland Squad"

"He Will Be In The Next Ireland Squad"
By Gary Connaughton
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Troy Parrott has been in incredible form for Spurs during pre-season, and it has led many to believe that we could soon see him in an Ireland jersey at senior level.

He may have only turned 17-years old in February, but the Spurs man has stood out in games against top level opposition. With Ireland's next Euro 2020 qualifier taking place in September, could we see him in the squad?

Gary Breen thinks it is a near certainty. Having seen him lined up against the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid in pre-season, he thinks Parrott is ready to play at the highest level.


Speaking at the unveiling of Premier Sports' Premier League broadcast team for the upcoming season, the 2002 World Cup veteran said he was incredibly impressed with what he has seen in the last few games.

I'm reluctant to say it because I don't want to put too much pressure on him, but I can't wait to see Troy Parrott this season.

He's 17-years of age playing against Manchester United and Inter Milan, up against grizzly, experienced international centre halves, and he coped brilliantly.

Chris Smalling tried to bully him, he went after him and got rolled twice. Then he flicked the ball over his head. Smalling didn't go looking for him again, he treated him with the respect he deserved...

He can cope with the physicality of the Premier League. If I could pick any club for a young star to be at it would be Tottenham, under Mauricio Pochettino and that pathway that they have.

Mick McCarthy has hinted that he will be considered for a senior international call-up, but only if he plays meaningful minutes at Spurs.

The Ireland boss is only thinking as far ahead as Euro 2020, and that has led many to speculate that he won't be willing to risk the inclusion of such a young player.


However, Breen believes that the player will be included on merit.

He will be in the Ireland squad. Mick put Robbie Keane in from Wolves at a time when we had strikers available, I don't think we have that now as such. No disrespect to the lads involved.

He will look at him and say 'can he cope? I don't care what age he is'. If he's seen the games that I have seen, he will say 'yeah, he can cope'...

He won't be thinking about getting Troy in and giving him a few games to develop so that the next manager can get the benefit. Mick is all about the now.

Mick will look at Troy and think that kid is strong enough to play. It's just whether he gets enough games at Tottenham.

Premier Sports today unveiled a new, fresh and exciting broadcast team for its coverage of the 2019/2020 Premier League Season featuring analysts Richard Dunne and Kenny Cunningham, host Eoin McDevitt and commentators Des Curran, Gary Breen and Clive Tyldesley.


SEE ALSO: Quiz: Name The Irish Player With The Most Premier League Appearances For Each Club

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