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Parrott to keep feet on ground


CALL-UP: Troy Parrott. Photo: SPORTSFILE

CALL-UP: Troy Parrott. Photo: SPORTSFILE

CALL-UP: Troy Parrott. Photo: SPORTSFILE

His first year in England had enough twists and turns to make the head spin, but teenage star Troy Parrott says he's staying grounded no matter what.

Parrott, who only recently turned 17, has been name-checked by people like Mauricio Pochettino and Mick McCarthy while Stephen Kenny had asked the ex-Belvedere player to play 'up' and join the Ireland U21 squad for their Euro qualifier at home to Luxembourg on Sunday.

A foot Injury has put paid to that as the FAI last night announced that the forward was out of the U21 squad, a disappointment for the sporting public here who had hoped to see Parrott make his U21 debut on home soil in Kenny's first game in charge.

He has emerged as one of the most talked-about Irish players in a decade and with the support of his club manager, and the first-team squad at Spurs, he is remaining grounded.

"He's unbelievable; he puts his arm around you and that sort of stuff," Parrott says of Pochettino, who asked the Dubliner to travel with the first team for a Premier League away to Leicester earlier this season.

"I wouldn't be there if I wasn't capable of training and stuff like that. It's a good experience and you adapt very quickly. They are all good, a great bunch of players. They all make you feel welcome. Obviously Harry Kane is somebody, that we all look up to as a striker so it's good. They are a great bunch of people. They make you feel welcome. It was a really great experience.

"Everybody tells me that people are talking about me, but I don't really take notice of it. Obviously, it's good to have stuff like that, it makes you want to do better."