Sunday 22 September 2019

'If I'm not going to play them, they'll travel with Stephen' - McCarthy says new call-ups likely to drop to U21s

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy during his Republic of Ireland squad announcement at Salthill Devon FC in Galway. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy during his Republic of Ireland squad announcement at Salthill Devon FC in Galway. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Mick McCarthy has indicated that new calls Troy Parrott and Nathan Collins and once capped striker Michael Obafemi will not make his final squad for the Euro 2020 qualifier with Switzerland unless he is convinced that he needs them.

The trio were today named in a 40-man squad for the matches with Switzerland and Bulgaria which will be cut down to 23 nearer to the time.

Parrott's inclusion has aroused particular interest because of the 17-year-old's tall reputation and his role with Spurs in a star studded pre-season schedule.

However, McCarthy has suggested that Parrott will have to make a big splash at first team level between now and September in order to put himself in contention for the September 5 showdown with Switzerland.

He did not make the Spurs squad for their opening Premier League game with Aston Villa.

Stephen Kenny's U21 squad play competitive matches against Armenia (September 6) and Sweden (September 10) and the senior boss has said they will take precedence if he doesn't see a role for them in the Swiss encounter.

That said, the idea of bringing the youths back in for the friendly with Bulgaria on September 10 was not definitively ruled out.

Tottenham Hotspur's Troy Parrott in action with Manchester United's Marcos Rojo

"If I'm not going to play them against Switzerland, they will travel with Stephen. I'm not going to deprive Stephen of players when I'm not going to use them," said McCarthy.

"If Troy gets in for Spurs and he scores a few goals and he's brilliant, I might have a different (thought) process on that.

"I was interested to see him in pre-season games and more interested to see that he wasn't involved in the first game of season.

"If he gets in (Spurs side) in the next couple of games, he's going to cause me a problem and cause Stephen a problem. He's not there yet."

Collins is an 18-year-old defender who became Stoke's youngest ever captain when wearing the armband in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

Obafemi was called off the bench for Southampton's league opener at Burnley.

Doncaster's ex-Cork City winger Kieran Sadlier was also named on the long list along with Shamrock Rovers' playmaker Jack Byrne.

McCarthy said he hadn't been paying close attention to the situation with regard to Ryan Johansson, the Bayern Munich teen who is waiting to find out if he is able to play for Ireland having previously lined out competitively at underage level with Luxembourg.

"They (FAI) are checking his eligibility," said McCarthy, when asked if he had made efforts to speak to the midfielder.

"Unless he's eligible, I don't see there's any point. There's not really a story. I can go and see him then. We will find out when he finds out. if he's not eligible to play, there's no point in me making an issue of that."

McCarthy named the squad in Galway, but local lads Daryl Horgan (Hibs) and Ryan Manning (QPR) missed out.

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