Parker targeting England recall

Scott Parker’s form for West Ham could lead to a new question for

pub quizzes up and down the country if he earns another England


The 29-year-old midfielder has three caps, each while at

different clubs, and the Hammers will be a fourth should Fabio

Capello look at him as an option ahead of the World Cup in South

Africa next summer.

His form this season has seen Gianfranco Zola talk up his

skipper’s chances for England, with his man-of-the-match

performance against Portsmouth on Boxing Day getting West Ham three

valuable Premier League points in their bid to climb out of

relegation trouble.

“Hopefully I can get another cap,” Parker said. “We’ll see

what happens. All I can do is keep playing well for West Ham and

let other people decide. If I can do that I’ll see where it gets


Parker struggled last season with a chronic groin problem but

has declared himself fully recovered and is feeling the benefit of

a full pre-season. He feels he is in his best form since 2005.

“During my first year at Newcastle I was playing some good

stuff and felt pretty confident there,” he said. “I’ve realised

that when things are going well in football you have to keep the

momentum going and keep running with it. There are times when

things go bad but at the moment it’s going well on a personal


“I’ve hit a bit of good form and feel quite strong. I’ve not

picked up any injuries and had a good pre-season under my belt as

well. It’s from that. When you’re confident and playing well things

seem to happen for you.”

With West Ham’s financial situation uncertain, Parker has

inevitably been suggested as a possible departure from Upton Park.

Tottenham are looking for cover in central midfield and Manchester

City have also been linked with the former Charlton, Chelsea and

Newcastle man.

Spurs are West Ham’s next opponents and the fixture will

bring memories flooding back for Jack Collison after his father

died following a motorcycle accident while travelling to the match

between the two clubs earlier in the season.

“Obviously for any young kid growing up, your dad is the

person that introduces you to football,” Collison said. “He took me

to the park on the back of his bike, kicking the ball about.

“It’s a great loss but now I have to get my head down, work

hard and keep improving because that is what he would have wanted –

for me to keep getting better and better. I’m out there playing for

him every time I go out on the pitch.”

Collison has also been in good form and could have got

himself on the scoresheet against Pompey. Alessandro Diamanti and

Radoslav Kovac were the players on target in the end.