Republic of Ireland Under-17 boss Colin O'Brien is in talks with Spurs to release Troy Parrott for the UEFA European Championships which kick off this Friday.

O'Brien named his squad today but there's one final spot to be filled, and Ireland are hoping Spurs will free the dazzlingly talented Parrot for the tournament, which takes place in Irish soil.

It's been a long wait for the big one to roll around as Ireland were not part of qualifying due to being hosts.

They take on Greece in their opener on Friday at Tallaght Stadium, with the Czech Republic and Belgium the other sides making up Group A.

O'Brien has tuned up his squad over the last twelve months with friendlies against Turkey, England, the Czechs, Germany, Poland, Belgium, and Finland.

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This is the third straight year that O'Brien will lead an Ireland team in this tournament, with quarter-finals reached in Croatia in 2017 and in England last year.

Former Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, now with Manchester City, and attacker Festy Ebosele both return to the squad after recently earning call-ups to the Ireland Under-21 and Under-19 set-ups respectively.

Parrott's inclusion would be a huge boost, and O'Brien will be hoping the Dubliner gets the green light from his club to take part. Parrott's star continues to soar in London. He scored a brilliant brace for their Under-23s against Swansea two weeks ago and first-team manager Mauricio Pochettino is a big admirer.

A step up to the senior squad next season looks likely, but it remains to be seen if he will line out in Tallaght this Friday.

"I can't stress it enough to the public, this really is the biggest competition that they can play in," said O'Brien as he urged fans to get behind the side.

"It's the best of the best in Europe coming to Ireland - there is going to be some serious quality on the doorstep and we have some quality in our team as well.

"Even for our own development, to play in front of an Irish crowd, getting behind the team, we know how well our supporters get behind our teams, and we really need that. We will need that 12th man, because tournament football is demanding, you have three games in seven days.

"Every bit of support we can get, whether it is in Tallaght or coming down to the RSC, come out and support us."

Republic of Ireland Under-17 Squad

Goalkeepers: Gavin Bazunu (Manchester City), Jimmy Corcoran (Preston North End), Harry Halwax (Derby County)

Defenders: Sean McEvoy (Ballinmallard United), Anselmo Garcia McNulty (Real Betis), Luke Turner (Aberdeen), Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City), Timi Sobowale (Manchester City), James Furlong (Shamrock Rovers)

Midfielders: Charlie McCann (Manchester United), Joe Hodge (Manchester City), Brandon Holt (St Patrick's Athletic), Seamas Keogh (Southampton), Ronan McKinley (Derry City), Sean Kennedy (Sunderland), Festy Ebsoele (Derby County)

Forwards: Matt Everitt (Brighton & Hove Albion), Conor Carty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Joshua Giurgi (Norwich City)

Fixtures - Group A

Friday, 3 May: Republic of Ireland v Greece, Tallaght Stadium, 7pm

Monday, 6 May: Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic, RSC Waterford, 7pm

Thursday, 9 May: Republic of Ireland v Belgium, Tallaght Stadium, 7pm