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We won't take risks with Troy Parrott | 21s boss Crawford


Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Jim Crawford says he's not taking a risk in calling up striker Troy Parrott.

The Millwall attacker has been included in the squad for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Iceland and Luxembourg.

Parrott hasn't played since injuring his ankle back in September but Crawford says he'll only play the teenager if he's fully recovered.

"I spoke to Troy," the Ireland boss said after naming his squad. "Troy’s keen and he’s here to represent us.

"He’s available for selection at Millwall for their game tomorrow. He’s been training well and it’s about us and the Millwall medical team coming up with some agreement with regards to what will suit the player as regards minutes.

"He hasn’t played competitively since the ankle injury, so we all understand that and we’re not going to put anybody at risk.”

Lee O'Connor, Michael Obafemi and Jason Knight are the other senior internationals called up for the upcoming games while Will Smallbone misses out through injury.

Under-19 international Mark McGuinness is included in the 21s squad up for the first time and joins the uncapped group of Ed McGinty, Luca Connell, Anthony Scully and Joshua Kayode.



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