“We’ve been following him ever since. He plays as a left full-back and I still think the full back positions is an area where we don’t have enough depth as other areas of the park.
“I wouldn’t have brought him in if I didn’t think I wouldn’t throw him in if the opportunity arose.
“What we do is bring them into the environment and get them to have a look at it and see how they fit in. it’s unlikely I’ll throw him in but it’s happened in the past where if we get caught short in that area he may have to be thrown in and be ready.
“The good thing is he’s playing, he’s fit, he’s playing well and it gives us an option.”
Parkinson added: "I’m absolutely delighted for James and he really deserves it.
“There is no better accolade than being called up for your country.
"James trains so hard every day and he has been playing well to merit this call up.
“He’s got his chance now in a high-profile game, a World Cup qualifier, and I’m so pleased for him.”