Spurs starlet eyeing Danish battle
Tottenham striker Troy Parrott is keeping his fingers crossed he did enough on his Republic of Ireland debut to be involved in Monday's showdown with Denmark.
The 17-year-old forward was thrust in at the deep end in Thursday evening’s 3-1 friendly victory over New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium and although he did not cap his big night with a goal, he provided a key assist.
Manager Mick McCarthy must now decide if he, or any of his other understudies, has a role to play when the Danes arrive in Dublin for their Euro 2020 qualifier after giving them a chance against the All Whites, and Parrott admits he would relish the opportunity.
He said: “Of course, yeah, that’s the dream for everyone. Obviously it’s a massive game, and we’ve taken tonight’s positive result going into Monday’s big game. I was just delighted to get out there. Walking out in the green jersey in my hometown of Dublin is the best feeling I’ve ever felt.”
Parrott, who made his first senior appearance for Spurs in a Carabao Cup tie against Colchester in September, was given his opportunity after scoring three times in as many appearances for Ireland’s Under-21s.
The youngster looks to have a bright future ahead of him and the Spurs talent is hoping he can continue to learn from those around him in north London.
Parrott added: “Of course I have been satisfied with the strides I’ve been making as I’ve made my debut for Tottenham and I’ve come in here and made my debut for Ireland. But I’m just going to try to keep on doing what I can do, working hard and trying to learn from people, and hopefully I can go far in the game.”
Spurs are back in action after the international break when they make the trip across the capital to face West Ham on November 23.
Alex Jack is a Yorkshireman with Scottish connections and well versed in a number of sports. A Leeds United supporter, who also enjoys both codes of rugby. Leeds Rhinos is where you can find him in the summer, while Alex is an avid supporter of Scottish rugby union.