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Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed that Troy Parrott will start Monday’s clash with Denmark on the bench but has said that he could have the chance to become a hero, per Irish News.
Tottenham Hotspur youngster Parrott made his debut for Ireland last week, featuring in the 3-1 friendly win over New Zealand, having played just once for Spurs’ senior side.
However, Monday’s encounter against the Danes brings with it a far higher degree of difficulty.
Indeed, a win for McCarthy’s side would almost certainly see them qualify for Euro 2020, per ESPN, while Denmark are also looking to seal their progress with a victory.
Ireland have not beaten this opposition since 2007 and were thumped 5-1 in a play-off to determine qualification for the 2018 World Cup just two years ago.
McCarthy, though, is hopeful of victory, and Parrott could be given a chance to come off the bench and play a major role in helping his country to next summer’s tournament.
He said: “If the circumstances are right and all the stars are aligned, he might get a chance to come on.
“He might be on the bench and not play and that would be sad for him. [But] It’s an option and when you see his movement, it could be one of those things on a night as it is when it’s made for heroes, he might be the first one.”
Parrott is just 17, that must be said.
But at youth level, he’s been scoring goals for Spurs.
He has netted 15 in 13 outings for the U18s, eight in eight for the U19s and four in 13 for the U23s.
The message there is clear: If he gets a chance to score, he’ll likely take it.
And on a night when Ireland will have to be taking the chances that come their way, Parrott could well be their secret weapon off the bench.
A winning goal for the teenager would be what dreams are made of but we’ve seen it happen enough times not to rule it out.
Having hit the back of the net with regularity at junior level for his club, he will be hoping to write his name into folklore at the Aviva Stadium against the Danes.