Euro 2012: England’s Scott Parker ready for ‘massive’ tournament
Scott Parker vows to impress at his first major international tournament ahead of England's opener against France on Monday
Scott Parker admits the European championship represents a “massive” challenge for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder.
The 31-year-old is gearing up for his first international tournament after previous England managers Sven-Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello left the midfielder out of the their squads for the World Cups in 2006 and 2010.
“It’s a massive tournament for me personally,” Parker told BBC Sport.
“At 31 it’s my first tournament so it’s one I have been looking forward to for a long time and I am over the moon.
“You always watch the games and wish you could be there or playing a part in it but for one reason or another it wasn’t meant to be.
“I suppose now I am here I need to try to soak up every bit of it and do the best I can when I’m called upon.”
Parker believes new manager Roy Hodgson has already left his mark on the England team, particularly in terms of being more compact in defence and midfield ahead of Euro 2012.
“Under this manager we are going to have a very organised team, a team which is tactically aware and if you have to grind out results then that is how it has to be,” he added.
“Midfield is obviously a crucial part of a team and a game. You obviously need to win the battles in midfield and from there give yourselves a platform to go and attack and obviously be solid in defence.”