- Euro 2012
Parker feared Euro 2012 KO
Scott Parker has admitted he is concerned by a lack of match sharpness going into Euro 2012 with England.
The midfielder won his fitness fight to be named in manager Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad for the tournament. This is despite Parker still receiving treatment on the groin problem that ruled him out of Tottenham's final four games of the season.
England open their campaign against France on June 11 and although Parker is confident of being at 100%, match sharpness is a worry.
"I can't lie, I was extremely concerned I was going to miss out," he told the Sun. "I didn't play in the last four Tottenham games, I was having injections and the injury was taking time to respond. But perhaps my luck was changing because it eventually started to get better and I felt my chances of being selected were increasing if I was fit enough to play. The injury is fine and being treated by the England medical team.
"The biggest challenge is regaining full match fitness. I played against Norway and I'm getting stronger and have 10 days of training to get me in shape, so fingers crossed I'll be fully fit when the tournament gets underway."
Being at a major championship is a boost for Parker who failed to make the cut at the 2010 World Cup.
"It was a massive blow and I wondered if I would ever get another call-up under Capello after that," he said. "I'm a realist though and I just got my head down and worked hard at my game and put the disappointment of missing out on the World Cup behind me. As far as playing for England again was concerned I just didn't dwell on it."
Hodgson replaced Fabio Capello only at the start of May but the former West Brom manager has made a positive early impression on Parker.
"Roy Hodgson is very proactive and interacts with the players," Parker said. "He's extremely well organised and you have a far better understanding of what he requires from you. He's an old-fashioned type of manager, the type you know is very approachable and hands-on."