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06th Nov 2018

Irish underage duo continue to impress in youth Champions League

Jack O'Toole

Two of the Republic of Ireland’s brightest prospects Ryan Nolan and Troy Parrott continue to impress in the UEFA Youth Champions League.

Parrott scored in Tottenham’s 2-0 win over PSV while Nolan captained Inter Milan’s youth team when they took on Barcelona at the San Siro.

Both players failed to make Martin O’Neill’s 45-man Republic of Ireland squad on Wednesday but have previously represented the underage teams with Parrott scoring three goals at the 2018 UEFA European Under-17 Championship earlier this year.

Meanwhile Nolan signed a two-year deal with Inter in August and made his senior debut for the club in the same month in a 3-0 friendly win over Lugano.

The Clare native said he’s enjoying life in Milan and claimed he moved to Italy from Spain in a bid to improve defensively as a footballer where he claims he’s learning a lot about tactics and how to defend.

 “Coming to Italy was very important to me because I knew I had to improve defensively, as that’s my position. In Italy, you learn a lot about tactics and defending,” he said in a interview earlier this year with the club’s YouTube channel.

Stefano Vecchi, head coach of the U19s, describes him as “a centre-half with good physical attributes.

“Ryan Nolan is a centre-back with good physical attributes. He’s good in the air and his determination is certainly his main strength. He stays very switched on and he’s determined and aggressive – those are his strengths. He’s made real progress because he’s so keen to improve.”

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