Troy Parrott is part of the Irish squad for the European Championship qualifying match against the Netherlands and the friendly match against New Zealand. The 21-year-old striker has been on loan to Excelsior from Tottenham Hotspur since the end of August.Embed from Getty Images
Everton defender Seamus Coleman, on the road to recovery from injury, and Championship top scorer Sammie Szmodics of Blackburn Rovers are not part of coach Stephen Kenny's squad.
Parrott, who has scored three times in the Eredivisie this season, did make the cut. The forward missed out during the previous two international breaks but has already earned twenty caps despite his young age. Top talent Evan Ferguson from Brighton & Hove Albion is also included in the squad.
The match between the Netherlands and Ireland will take place next Saturday at the Johan Cruijff Arena. A victory for the Netherlands would secure their spot in the European Championship. If things go awry against the Irish, they will have another chance on November 21st when they play Gibraltar.
Ireland, which previously lost 1-2 to the Netherlands at home, would benefit if the Netherlands secures direct qualification to the European Championship. In that case, a spot in the playoffs would become available. Through the 'normal route,' qualification is not possible for the Irish, as they have already been eliminated from contention. Their last appearance in a European Championship was in 2016.Updated: 04:12, 9 Nov 2023