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Troy Parrott. Photo: Getty Images

Troy Parrott. Photo: Getty Images

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Troy Parrott. Photo: Getty Images

Barring a late surge by Troy Parrott into the Tottenham Hotspur side over the next few weeks, Mick McCarthy will be planning without the teen sensation for the Euro 2020 play-off in Slovakia.

The same treatment seems to apply in the case of James McCarthy, despite the midfielder playing eight league games for Crystal Palace since the turn of the year.

McCarthy will not jettison Glenn Whelan just because he's dropped into the third tier of English football with Fleetwood Town. His rationale, in keeping with his pragmatism, is that the incumbents are better positioned to contribute to his cause in Slovakia on March 26.

The encounter in Bratislava, whether it's played behind closed doors or not, will mark the end of his second spell as manager if they fall short.

When McCarthy unveils his final 23-man squad on March 13, it will be the tried and trusted, with one notable exception. Shane Long, back in the groove and the goals at Southampton, will be included and expected to feature for the first time in the McCarthy era.

The exclusion of Parrott had been flagged by McCarthy last month and his stance is unlikely to be altered by the Dubliner's cameo against Wolves at the weekend or potential involvement tonight in their FA Cup clash with Norwich.

Fresh comments from Jose Mourinho suggested that he views Parrott as a work in progress with the Spurs boss stating that the player's head had been turned by the lifestyle of first-team players.

"Troy has got no chance of making the squad unless he's playing," said McCarthy, who also confirmed that Seamus Coleman will miss the game through injury. "Forget it; don't even think about it. Unless, of course, Troy gets in over the weekend and does something amazing. If he come on for five minutes and scores two goals, I might look at it different.

"Troy got three minutes against Wolves and will be on the bench tonight. But I would sit on the bench and I'm 61.

"Shane Long's been playing in the Premier League and Scott Hogan has scored six goals in the last seven games. David McGoldrick is back playing. I don't think Troy comes close to them.

"If I played somebody like that, you'd think I was bonkers. How can you justify that? Just that he's potentially a good footballer."

Mourinho's latest comments on Parrott will capture attention.

He said he was happy with the teenager's contribution to an U-23 game earlier this week because the club were concerned by his attitude around his peers.

“He is surrounded (with the first team) by top professional players with a different life and different lifestyle, with different focus on life,” he said.

“I told him that every time you play with the kids of your age, you have to show your colleagues why you are the privileged one... why you are training in the first team every day and some of them are not – they are still in the group age, because it was something that he was not doing.

“Every time he was playing with the kids, he was playing with the mentality of ‘I shouldn’t be here’ or ‘I am too good to be here’ or ‘It’s not here that I want to play’ and this is an educational process that comes.”

“I had exactly the same words with Scott McTominay. At the moment, he was not loved in his group age, because he was not with the right frame of mind.

“The moment we started changing that, lots of things started changing for him and every time he was going to the team, he was the best.

“So I think Troy will come even stronger and stronger when everything happens step by step and not immediately, because he is not ready for immediately.

“This is a world where lots of people, they don’t even know if Troy has long hair or short hair, or it is blond or is dark. They don’t even know that and speak about ‘Troy, Troy, Troy, Troy, he should play.’

“There was a guy behind me on the bench the other day. ‘Play Troy, play Troy’. I don’t think he knows Troy.”

Irish Independent