Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy hinted that Adam Idah may have put himself in the frame for a full international cap ahead of the crucial Euro 2020 qualifier against Slovakia. 

The Cork teenager made his Premier League debut with a cameo appearance against Crystal Palace on Wednesday but he really caught the eye this afternoon with a stunning hat-trick against Preston North End in the FA Cup tie at Deepdale. 

Idah, who shone for Stephen Kenny's Under-21 side in 2019, slipped home his first goal after just one minute of play against Preston this afternoon. 

He added a second 18 minutes later, coolly chipping the ball into the net from 35 yards after the Preston goalkeeper had raced out of his penalty area only to lash his clearance straight at the Irish striker. 

The 18-year-old would complete his hat-trick in the second half from the penalty spot as Norwich helped themselves to a 4-2 victory. 

The Canaries boss Daniel Farke labelled Idah a "natural born goalscorer" on the eve of the game and now his possible manager at international level has spoken out about his potential. 

McCarthy was doing punditry for BT Sport and hinted that Idah had given him something to think about, stressing the fact the hat-trick arrived in a senior FA Cup game - and not an under-21 or an under-23 match.  

"He might have just got himself one (a senior Ireland international cap)!" McCarthy told BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey. 

"He's just scored a hat-trick today. And he's playing in a real, competitive game. Not an under-21s, not an under-23s. It's an FA Cup tie against a good Preston team."

Idah's hat-trick was the standout story from a positive day for Irish players in the FA Cup, with Jeff Hendrick, Harry Arter and underage players Dan Crowley (Birmingham City) and Will Smallbone (Southampton) all on target.