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Troy Parrott found the net twice for Ireland in Andorra. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Troy Parrott found the net twice for Ireland in Andorra. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Troy Parrott found the net twice for Ireland in Andorra. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Harry Arter has revealed Troy Parrott’s first two senior goals for Ireland in Andorra on Thursday night will not have come as any surprise to one of his first mentors.

Arter’s brother-in-law Scott Parker, who is in charge of Fulham, moulded the talents of young Dubliner Parrott in his formative days in the Tottenham under-18 team, and he has revealed that the star quality that has long been mentioned has always been in evidence.

“I knew about Troy because Scott was his under-18 coach at Tottenham and he was one of the boys that had something different about him from a young age,” stated Arter.

“He has some unique qualities and they have been in evidence since he was very young.

“We saw a glimpse of that the other night in Andorra with his two goals, and it should give him confidence that he can do it at international level.

“At the moment, we are lacking goals and no one has really taken that attacking position and made it their own, so Troy has a chance to do that moving forward.”

With so many young players training in Kenny’s Ireland squad this week, Arter suggests the attitude of our next generation of Ireland internationals has been impressive

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Stephen Kenny embraces Harry Arter after the victory over Andorra

Stephen Kenny embraces Harry Arter after the victory over Andorra

Stephen Kenny embraces Harry Arter after the victory over Andorra

“I’ve been impressed with the young lads that we have now in this squad,” he added.

“They have good qualities as players and just as importantly, they don’t have big egos, which can be a problem with young players in the modern game.

“There is certainly a place for the senior players to work with these young players.

“Players like Séamus Coleman, Shane Duffy, James McClean, John Egan, Matt Doherty and myself, they have all bought into what we are doing here .

“I really feel it will reap long-term rewards if the manager is given the time he needs,” said an optimistic Arter.

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