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Football | Parrott and O'Connor to start against New Zealand

Ahead of his senior international debut, @TroyParrott9 speaks to FAI TV about playing underage football, his time in camp this week, roommates and even initiation songs! Watch the full interview on and from 7pm #COYBIG — FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) November 13, 2019 Kieran O'Hara, who made his debut in the 3-1 win over Bulgaria in September, has also been handed his first start for Mick McCarthy's side. Robbie Brady also makes a welcome return, with the Dubliner named to start on one side of Parrott up front, with Sean Maguire occupying the other side. Brady - who will captain Ireland on Thursday - has shown signs of rediscovering his form since his return from injury, registering two assists in five appearances for Burnley in the Premier League. Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne - who was named as the Premier Division Player of the Year last week - will start in midfield alongside Josh Cullen and Alan Browne. The inclusion of Browne seems to suggest that the Preston midfielder has lost the battle for a starting berth against Denmark to Conor Hourihane. Aston Villa midfielder Hourihane will likely now start alongside Glenn Whelan and Jeff Hendrick against Denmark on Monday. Thursday's friendly will give McCarthy's fringe players an opportunity to impress ahead of the crucial Euro 2020 qualifying clash with the Danes.
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