Parker: Prem is key for England

BY foxsports • June 2, 2011

Co-owner David Gold has already stated his belief that Parker will leave Upton Park this summer, while new boss Sam Allardyce has also said it was likely he will be sold. The midfielder is refusing to enter any debate until after England's Euro 2012 qualifier with Switzerland at Wembley on Saturday. However, speaking at the Millbrook testing plant of England sponsors Vauxhall, where he also took part in a Q&A session with local workers, Parker outlined an inescapable truth for a player who has only just broken back onto the Three Lions scene. "Not many players do get picked from the Championship," he said. "That is just the way it is. "But it is too early to say exactly what is going to happen to me on a personal level. I am sure we will see over the next couple of months. "There is speculation but it is easy for me to block it out. "If I was 22 it would probably be a different story and my mind would be elsewhere. "Now I am quite experienced. I know how things work." Parker is expected to start on Saturday, which would represent the first time he has kept his place for back-to-back qualifiers in his entire career. Given he feared never playing for his country again after Fabio Capello axed him from the provisional World Cup squad without featuring for a single minute in the two warm-up games, Parker is understandably keen to remain involved. "My aim is to be there come this time next year," he said of the prospect of playing at Euro 2012. "I know there is a long way to go and things can change but if I can help in any way, that is what I will try and do. "I never felt like quitting England. My mentality was always to work hard and force my way in. "It was quite difficult not to be selected for the World Cup. After that I thought my chances would have been limited. "But the Wales game was a massive chance for me. I felt if I didn't perform in that game I would not have pulled on an England shirt again. "In football, especially at international level, when opportunities come along you have to grab them."

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