McCarthy hints at international call-up for Adam Idah after FA Cup hat-trick

PUBLISHED: 18:34 04 January 2020 | UPDATED: 18:34 04 January 2020

Adam Idah of Norwich City in action against Preston North End during the FA Cup match at Deepdale, Preston.
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Adam Idah of Norwich City in action against Preston North End during the FA Cup match at Deepdale, Preston. Picture by Michael Sedgwick/Focus Images Ltd +44 7900 363072 04/01/2020

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Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has hinted at a senior national team call-up for Norwich City striker Adam Idah after his hat-trick against Preston North End in the FA Cup.

Idah's three-goal haul helped City progress from the third round of the competition for the first time in seven years.

It was the 18-year-olds second appearance of the season, with the first coming in the Canaries defeat to Crawley Town in the Carabao Cup last August.

Idah has been capped at every international youth level, and has 11 U21 appearances to his name.

Now, McCarthy has suggested Idah's performance on Saturday may have done enough to earn him a full international call-up.

Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has hinted at a possible Ireland call-up for Adam Idah after his hat-trick in the FA Cup. Picture: Niall Carson/PA ImagesRepublic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has hinted at a possible Ireland call-up for Adam Idah after his hat-trick in the FA Cup. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Images

Speaking to City supporter Jake Humphrey on BT Sport, the ex-Ipswich Town boss responded to Idah's performance on air.

"He might have got himself one, never mind about you getting him one," McCarthy told Humphrey, who has been asking for Idah to recieve a call-up.

"He's scored a hat-trick today and he's playing in a real competitive game. Not an U21s, not an U23s but an FA Cup tie against a good Preston team."

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