Troy Parrott has described Aaron Connolly’s double breakthrough into the Premier League and Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifying campaign as a source of inspiration, as the young Spurs hot shot prepares to make his own senior debut against New Zealand.
Crisis, what crisis? Well, excuse me while I extract my tongue from the deepest recesses of my cheek but, having done so, I’m sure I’m not the only one to have noted a distinct irony in the fact that, while all hell has been breaking loose in Abbotstown, Ireland’s elite international teams are otherwise engaged in training their eyes on lands of milk and honey.
Debut U21 call-ups for Troy Parrott, Michael Obafemi and Johnathan Afolabi have reinforced the sense of a rich vein of attacking talent bubbling up in Irish football, something further underlined in Stephen Kenny’s latest squad announcement by a decision to make a distinction on paper between ‘central midfielders’ and ‘attacking midfielder
The FAI’s newly-minted executive vice-president is no stranger to terrace taunts but John Delaney must have been braced for a particularly long and uncomplimentary spot of serenading from the South Stand last night after the spill of events in and around the group opener against Gibraltar.