Saturday 24 August 2019

Mick McCarthy to consider teenager Troy Parrott for Swiss encounter if he continues to feature for Spurs

Manchester United's Marcos Rojo (L) fights for the ball with Tottenham's Troy Parrott (R) during the International Champions Cup football tournament between English Premier League sides Manchester United and Tottenham at Hongkou Football Stadium in Shanghai on July 25, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP)
Manchester United's Marcos Rojo (L) fights for the ball with Tottenham's Troy Parrott (R) during the International Champions Cup football tournament between English Premier League sides Manchester United and Tottenham at Hongkou Football Stadium in Shanghai on July 25, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP)

John Brennan

Mick McCarthy will consider picking Troy Parrott for the Irish squad to play Switzerland in the Euro 2020 qualifier in September - if the teenager starts to play for Spurs in competitive games.

The 17-year-old Dubliner started in attack alongside Harry Kane as Tottenham were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United in a pre-season friendly today in Shanghai.

"If Maurizio Pocchettino thinks Troy is good enough to play a competitive game for Tottenham, then, yes, but he's got to be in the team," McCarthy said, speaking at the Sports Direct Summer Soccer Schools at Trim Celtic.

"I hated pre-season matches, they don't mean anything except a way to get fit. It's wonderful that he is getting game time with Spurs now against the likes of Juventus and Manchester United. But the test in does he play on August 10, the date the Premier League starts."

McCarthy said he had no problem putting young players into the Ireland shirt, pointing out that he did it with Robbie Keane and Damien Duff and others two decades ago.

"But back then I had a bit of time to build a team, now I have to get points off Switzerland in September, that's what matters. It is about players being in their club's first-team for me. I'll be looking at every player once the new season starts, that will be the test for everyone."

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