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Ireland Likely To Have At Least Two Debutants Against New Zealand Next Month

Ireland Likely To Have At Least Two Debutants Against New Zealand Next Month

Mick McCarthy says that Troy Parrott and Ryan Manning may both make their international debuts in next month's friendly against New Zealand.

The 17-year-old Parrott scored four goals for the Spurs U19s in a UEFA Youth League game against Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday. He has been involved with Stephen Kenny's Ireland U21 team for their Euro 2021 qualifying campaign.

"We have monitored Troy’s form and progress all season and New Zealand could be the ideal chance to have a look at him at senior international level," McCarthy told the FAI website.

We changed things around for the Bulgaria game in September and we saw the benefit of that with the performances of the players who came into the team and did well. New Zealand may offer similar chances to players in the squad looking to get into the team and for those looking to get into the squad itself.

Troy could be one of the ones to benefit. He scored four goals on Tuesday which will have done him the world of good and he has served his suspension now after the red card in the Under 21 game against Italy so he will be an option for New Zealand and for this squad.

Ryan Manning has prospered playing at left-back for QPR in the Championship this season. The 23-year-old has scored once and provided three assists in 13 league appearances.

"Ryan is another player who could benefit from the fact that we play New Zealand just four days before the Euro qualifier against Denmark," said McCarthy.

"I watched him again on Tuesday night and he is playing well in a very competitive QPR team who are well up there in the Championship.

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"I know Ryan started his career as a central midfielder but he played both as a left-back and as a left-sided wing-back against Reading on Tuesday and he did well."

Ireland face New Zealand on November 14th and then Denmark on November 18th. Both games are being played in Dublin.

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