Troy Parrott believes his desire to score goals has hastened his rise up the ranks as he prepares to make his senior debut with the Republic of Ireland.

Parrott has been a deadly marksman for Ireland at underage levels and has been promoted to Mick McCarthy's squad after racking up three goals in as many appearances for the under-21s.

McCarthy has named the 17-year-old Tottenham forward in his team for Thursday night's friendly against New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium, and when asked if a debut goal was on the cards, the striker told FAI TV: "I'm not planning on stopping now.

"For me, it's about scoring goals. That's all I want to do, to be honest. It stands out when people look at it and say, 'he scored another goal' or 'he scored and got an assist'.

"If someone can score, then I think it helps to go up the levels quicker and then obviously when I went to the 21s, I scored for them again on my debut, so it was good."

Parrott joined up with the rest of the squad on Sunday and has trained under the watchful eye of assistant manager Robbie Keane, another Dubliner who knew where the goal was.

Keane scored 68 international goals in 146 appearances for Ireland and the Spurs frontman is hungry to learn all he can from one of his predecessors.

He said: "He was a top, top player, so it's good to have people like that in and around - and obviously we play in the same position - that I can learn from and take advice from and just listen in and try to tap into his knowledge."

McCarthy confirmed that Parrott, 19-year-old Celtic full-back Lee O'Connor and Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne would start against the All Whites at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday morning.

Manchester United goalkeeper Kieran O'Hara, currently on loan at Burton, will also start in front of a back four comprising O'Connor, Ciaran Clark, Kevin Long and Derrick Williams.

Byrne will be joined in midfield by Josh Cullen and Alan Browne with Robbie Brady and Sean Maguire providing the support for Parrott.

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