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Friday 13 December 2019

Troy your best: Mick

McCarthy says Parrott debut goals will put him in frame for Denmark

Troy Parrott
Troy Parrott

Mick McCarthy has told Troy Parrott to just play his normal game when he goes out to make his senior Ireland debut tonight.

With key players rested for Monday's must-win Euro 2020 qualifier at home to Denmark, McCarthy has named an experimental XI for the friendly at home to New Zealand.

Teens Parrott and Lee O'Connor make their senior debuts while Kieran O'Hara, Josh Cullen and Jack Byrne all start a senior international for the first time.

Players like Shane Duffy, John Egan, Conor Hourihane and James McClean sit out tonight's game while Robbie Brady starts for the first time since June's 1-1 draw in Denmark, a chance for him to impress McCarthy.

It's a big night for Parrott (17) who becomes the third-youngest footballer to win a senior cap for the Republic, after Jimmy Holmes and Robbie Keane.

McCarthy has told him to keep it simple. "He has told me to enjoy myself and don't feel like I need to do anything that I don't do at club level, to keep doing what I have been doing, that's what has got me here," Parrott said.

McCarthy says a good display by Parrott tonight could boost his chances for Monday.

"I hope he does score two goals and he plays brilliantly and then I've a clamour in my own head that he should be part of that squad to play against Denmark," said McCarthy. "We haven't scored that many goals, have we?"

Ireland (v New Zealand): O'Hara; O'Connor, K Long, Clark, D Williams; Cullen, Browne; Brady, Byrne, Maguire; Parrott.

International friendly: Rep of Ireland v New Zealand, Live RTÉ 2/Sky Sports (KO 7.45)

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