Euro 2012: England are full of belief, says Scott Parker
Scott Parker says England have fostered a strong belief in their squad and is confident the Three Lions "can go a long way"
Scott Parker claims the “belief” in the England camp will help Roy Hodgson’s side overcome Italy in their quarter-final on Sunday.
The 31-year-old, who is playing in his first major international tournament, started every game in central midfield alongside Steven Gerrard as England topped Group D following a draw against France and victories over Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine.
Hodgson’s men were tipped to flop at the European championship after the former West Bromwich Albion manager replaced Fabio Capello as England boss in May and was left with under a month to prepare his squad.
But Parker believes the 23-man travelling party have already developed a strong bond – and they are confident of progressing further at Euro 2012.
“We have a belief inside the camp, our aim was to win the group and we’ve achieved that,” said Parker.
“Belief and believing in what you can do goes a long way in general life, not just in football. This squad has shown that if you believe, you’re positive and you’re confident you can do well.
“We are what we are, we’re committed, we’ve got a good base, a good bunch of lads and with that you can go a long way.
“We now look forward to the quarter-final against Italy. We get an extra day now, which is key for us, we’ll go and prepare for that game like we’ve prepared for all the others, and hopefully we can get the result.”