Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has said he expects Glenn Whelan, Darren Randolph and Matt Doherty to be fit to face Denmark and confirmed he will retain Troy Parrott in the squad to face New Zealand and the Danes.

The 17-year-old forward was an unused substitute for Tottenham against Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.

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"I will announce the final squad for the friendly with New Zealand (14 November) and the European Championship qualifier with Denmark (18 November) on Thursday but I can confirm that Troy will be on the list," McCarthy told

"I spoke to Stephen Kenny at our monthly manager's meeting in Abbotstown on Monday and told him that Troy and Aaron Connolly will be with the senior squad next week.

"Troy has been pushing for this step-up for some time now and I look forward to seeing him on the training ground ahead of the New Zealand game. I hope he pushes me to include him in that game." 

Glenn Whelan has started five of Ireland's seven qualifiers to date

Ninety-cap international Whelan was forced off early with a hamstring injury in Hearts' 3-0 defeat to Rangers in the Scottish League Cup semi-final on Sunday while Doherty was withdrawn after suffering a bang on the knee at Arsenal. Randolph has been out with a thigh strain. 

"I have been in touch with all three players and they assure me they are confident of being fit to play against Denmark," McCarthy said.

"Glenn felt a twinge in his hamstring but he expects to be fine and available to link up with the squad on Sunday as planned.

"Matt has told me the decision to take him off against Arsenal was a precaution more than anything else while Darren continues to make progress with his thigh strain and expects to be available. As a result, I will name Kieran O'Hara and Mark Travers alongside Darren on Thursday and Caoimhin Kelleher will be available to Stephen for his squad.

"John Egan had an issue with illness on Saturday as Sheffield United beat Burnley 3-0. Terry Connor was at that game with so many of our players involved and John insists he will be ok as well.

"The good news from that match is that Jeff Hendrick and Enda Stevens played the full game while Terry was really impressed with David McGoldrick, who was one of United's star players again after his return from injury."

McCarthy said that the performances of Ciaran Clark, who scored in Newcastle's 3-2 win at West Ham, Jack Byrne's part in Shamrock Rovers' FAI Cup success and Robbie Brady's 30-minute cameo for Burnley had all given him plenty to think about before the squad is cut down from the initial 39-man panel.