Wednesday 21 August 2019

Troy Parrott not in Ireland U-17 Euro squad but talks with Tottenham continuing

Ireland's Troy Parrott
Ireland's Troy Parrott

Aidan Fitzmaurice

RELAND U17 coach Colin O'Brien is still waiting to find out if he can call on prospect Troy Parrott for the European Championship finals which are being held in Ireland.

The Republic of Ireland U17s kick off their Euro campaign against Greece in Tallaght Stadium on Friday, the Irish side qualifying automatically as hosts.

O'Brien today named his squad for the finals but was unable to include the name of Parrott, as the FAI need clearance from his club, Tottenham, before calling him in.

"We are just waiting on the final decision from Spurs. Something you have to just be patient on and respectful of, with everything that's going on at the club. The aim is that we will have a decision today," O'Brien said this morning.

"We probably expected that because it's a little bit more complex. There's been a lot of issues with Spurs in terms of players being injured and what happens at clubs basically is that some players get moved up through the ranks.

"Even if you looked at James Furlong on Friday night [for Shamrock Rovers], two different level clubs maybe but it's the same principle, Rovers had suspensions, injuries and it's great to see James play the full 90 minutes against Dundalk.

"So the same type of principle but we've been prepared for that. If Troy's available, he'll be an addition, we haven't had him all season but we have other players ready to go," added O'Brien, who will take his squad to see Tallaght Stadium this evening so they can see the stadium which hosts two of their group games.

"We'll be bringing them to Tallaght to night so they can see the League of Ireland game between Shamrock Rovers and Pats, we want them to see the stadium with a decent crowd in it. They have sampled playing there so it's about building the excitement for them. It's important that they see the stadium another way. We'll do our first pitch session tomorrow, Wednesday, Thursday and we will be ready to play Greece on Friday night."

Included in the Irish squad are Gavin Bazunu, now at Manchester City, James Furlong, who made his first team debut for Shamrock Rovers last weekend, and Cavan lad  Sean McEvoy , who has been in the first team with Irish League side Ballinamallard United.

Republic of Ireland Under-17 Squad

Goalkeepers: Gavin Bazunu (Manchester City), Jimmy Corcoran (Preston North End), Harry Halwax (Derby County)

Defenders: Sean McEvoy (Ballinmallard United), Anselmo Garcia McNulty (Real Betis), Luke Turner (Aberdeen), Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City), Timi Sobowale (Manchester City), James Furlong (Shamrock Rovers)

Midfielders: Charlie McCann (Manchester United), Joe Hodge (Manchester City), Brandon Holt (St Patrick's Athletic), Seamas Keogh (Southampton), Ronan McKinley (Derry City), Sean Kennedy (Sunderland), Festy Ebsoele (Derby County)

Forwards: Matt Everitt (Brighton & Hove Albion), Conor Carty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Joshua Giurgi (Norwich City) 

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