Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has hinted that Nigerian striker Adam Idah may be called up for a full international cap ahead of the crucial Euro 2020 qualifier against Slovakia.
McCarthy’s comment is in reaction to Idah’s hat-trick for Norwich in their 4-2 away win against Preston North End, in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.
Idah, who shone for Ireland Under-21 side in 2019, scored his first goal after just one minute of play.
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 Idah
The 18-year-old would complete his hat-trick in the second half from the penalty spot.
Ireland gaffer McCarthy who was on punditry for BT Sport during the game, 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)!
“He’s just scored a hat-trick. 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.”
Norwich manager Daniel Farke had labelled Idah a “natural born goalscorer” on the eve of the FA Cup clash with Preston.
Idah made his Premier League debut with a cameo appearance against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
Born of a Nigerian father and an Irish mother, Idah is eligible to play for Nigeria as he is yet to feature for Ireland in a senior competitive game.Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.