Troy Parrott is part of the Irish squad for the European Championship qualifier against the Netherlands and the friendly against New Zealand. The 21-year-old striker joined the Excelsior on loan from Tottenham Hotspur at the end of August.
Everton defender Seamus Coleman, on his way back from injury, and Championship top-scorer Sami Smodics of Blackburn Rovers were not included in national coach Stephen Kenny’s selection squad.
Parot, who has scored three times in the Eredivisie this season, escaped selection. The attacker missed the boat during the previous two internationals, but despite his age he has already collected twenty caps. Brighton & Hove Albion’s top talent Evan Ferguson has also been included.
The match between the Netherlands and Ireland will be played at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Saturday. With a win, the Dutch team is guaranteed a European Championship appearance. If things go completely wrong against the Irish, a rematch against Gibraltar awaits on November 21.
Ireland, who lost 1-2 at home to the Netherlands earlier, benefit from the Dutch’s immediate qualification for the European Championship. If so, a place in the play-offs will be secured. Qualifying via the ‘normal route’ is unlikely: it’s a dead end for the Irish, who last appeared at the European Championships in 2016.
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