Tottenham striker Troy Parrott impressed for Republic of Ireland U21s but Mick McCarthy admits he will have to play football for Spurs to force his way into the senior side of the country.
Before coming off the bench to score twice in a 3-1 win against Sweden on Tuesday night parrott scored the winner for Ireland U21s on his debut on Friday.
The 17-year-old has been an important part of Tottenham excursion Juventus and Bayern Munich and has become Spurs’ striker that is second supporting Harry Kane.
However, McCarthy insists Parrott wants Tottenham first-team action before he could be chosen for Ireland’s old side, stating:”Get from the very first group.
“You do realise that the U21s and also the U23s where he’s playing is far-removed from where we’re playing, do not you? There’s a difference.
“Should I believe he is correct, I’ll take him. We are going to try and get him observed. It’s interesting – when he accomplishing his objectives and hadn’t come on, I wonder since Stephen’s not played with with him, what would the questions have been had he not come on?
“If somebody makes you a substitute and you run on a do that, deliver that type of functionality, that is what it’s all about. He is a fantastic kid and I am excited .”
Though Parrott hasn’t emerged for Spurs at the Premier League this season, he is in line to make his competitive debut.
The child can also be set to progress in national level together with his existing U21s director Stephen Kenny stepping up to manage the side.
McCarthy stated:”You’re all talking about these coming into the first team. After he [Kenny] gets the job and it won’t be that today – he will be perfectly placed.
“In the meantime, it is me that’s come in and may have obtained the backlash had we drawn in Gibraltar or dropped from Gibraltar, and that has protected him from that.
“Hopefully we qualify, reach the Euros and it’s going to be viewed as a great choice to have done what we did.”
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