Grant: Parker is England quality

Parker has not been involved in Fabio Capello’s international plans

since he was one of the unfortunate men to be axed from an initial

30-man squad before this summer’s World Cup. But Grant thinks that

the 30-year-old is the star midfielder in the Premier League so far

this season after several all-action performances. And after

watching Parker put in another impressive display in Saturday’s 1-1

draw at Wolves on Saturday, the Hammers boss thinks his former

Newcastle, Chelsea and Charlton man deserves a chance to add to his

three caps. “I think if you look at all the English midfielders,

with respect to others, there is no doubt that Scott, from the

beginning of the season, has been the best midfielder,” Grant said.

“I need to talk to Capello! I am not the England manager, but I am

sure that Scott deserves to be there. “He played well offensively

and defensively, was good with the ball. He has a great record for

blocking shots of the other team and is very clever and

professional, a good guy – very positive. “I think it would be good

for the England team if he was there, and especially in this form.”

Carlton Cole has also found himself out of the England picture and

with no goals to his name in the current campaign the striker has

been on the bench for West Ham’s last four matches. Grant brought

Cole on with a little less than 15 minutes to go at Molineux and

afterwards praised his contribution. “Coley came very well into the

game,” Grant said. “He made himself available and created two good

chances for himself. I was very pleased with his performance, but

he needed a little bit of luck to score.”