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Christian Eriksen has lauded Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Troy Parrott, per The Irish Sun.
The Denmark international could go head-to-head with the 17-year-old on Monday, when his side take on the Republic of Ireland in a Euro 2020 qualifier.
Parrott made his international debut on Friday, as Mick McCarthy’s side beat New Zealand 3-1 in a friendly.
And Eriksen is hoping that the teenager plays at the Aviva Stadium, while he believes he will soon be a regular at club level, having scored 27 goals in 34 games in the youth teams this season.
He said: “I hope Troy plays as it will be good fun to see him on the pitch.
“He has showed in training and games for Spurs that he’s capable of joining in at the highest level.
“For a player so young, he is a great striker who makes brilliant runs and scores with excellent finishes.
“Troy is not a shy guy. He stands his ground against defenders.
“I read that he did very well on his Ireland debut against New Zealand and I expect him to play lots more matches for Ireland and Tottenham.”
Spurs have a number of young prospects, including the likes of Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga, but Parrott is probably the best option in the academy.
He made his debut in the Carabao Cup against Colchester United earlier this season and was also on the bench against Everton in the Premier League.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino clearly sees his promise and his prolific nature in the youth teams, plus a shortage of strikers at senior level, suggests that he could well one day become Harry Kane’s deputy and also his potential successor.
Of course, goals at youth level do not necessarily translate to the first-team but this is a player who can break out of the U18s and make his way into Pochettino’s plans.
He is already highly-rated by Boys in Green boss McCarthy and Eriksen; his club manager will surely give him a chance sooner rather than later.