Shane Hannon
Shane Hannon

18.40 23 Oct 2019


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Tottenham Hotspur striker Troy Parrott and Queens Park Rangers' Ryan Manning are in Mick McCarthy's Republic of Ireland plans for next month's Aviva Stadium games against New Zealand and Denmark.

The official squad announcement will be made next week, but McCarthy has confirmed to FAI.ie that the pair are in his thoughts ahead of the squad decision.

Parrott scored four times for Spurs under-19s in the UEFA Youth League against Red Star Belgrade yesterday.

McCarthy spoke very positively about Parrott's form in particular.

"We have monitored Troy’s form and progress all season and New Zealand could be the ideal chance to have a look at him at senior international level.

“We changed things around for the Bulgaria game in September and we saw the benefit of that with the performances of the players who came into the team and did well. New Zealand may offer similar chances to players in the squad looking to get into the team and for those looking to get into the squad itself.

“Troy could be one of the ones to benefit. He scored four goals on Tuesday which will have done him the world of good and he has served his suspension now after the red card in the Under 21 game against Italy so he will be an option for New Zealand and for this squad.

The Republic of Ireland boss also gave his take on QPR star Manning.

“Ryan is another player who could benefit from the fact that we play New Zealand just four days before the Euro qualifier against Denmark. I watched him again on Tuesday night and he is playing well in a very competitive QPR team who are well up there in the Championship.

“I know Ryan started his career as a central midfielder but he played both as a left-back and as a left-sided wing-back against Reading on Tuesday and he did well.”

On the injury front, the news on both McGoldrick and Brady is positive, with McCarthy saying he has been keeping close tabs on both.

“The news has been all positive for us in terms of form and fitness this week. I was delighted to see Didzy play 78 minutes for Sheffield United in their win against Arsenal on Monday night after he missed the Georgia and Switzerland games.

“David has been a key player for us in this campaign and his experience will greatly benefit us against Denmark. Robbie’s return is also welcome, he hasn’t been involved with us so far this season simply because he hasn’t been fit enough to play for Burnley.

“He got 65 minutes alongside Jeff Hendrick against Leicester on Saturday and that is a great start to his return to full fitness and regular first-team action. As with David’s return, that can only benefit Ireland as well.”

McCarthy is set to be watching from the stands as Aaron Connolly's Brighton visit Everton this Saturday afternoon in the Premier League.

New Zealand are the opposition in an international friendly at Lansdowne Road on Thursday, November 14th, with the final EURO 2020 qualifier against old foes Denmark the following Monday night, November 18th.


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