Scott Matthew Parker (born 13 October 1980) is an English footballer who plays for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and is currently captain of the England national team. He is the FWA Footballer of the Year for the 2010-11 season. He has represented England at every level from under-16 to senior. Uniquely, he won his first four England caps while playing for four different clubs. He is known as a tough tackling central midfielder.
On 31 August 2011, Tottenham and West Ham both announced the transfer of Parker to Spurs, with the fee believed to be £5.5 million. Tottenham said "We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with West Ham United for the permanent transfer of Scott Parker.". Later, Redknapp revealed that he was stunned that Tottenham could capture Parker ahead of rival clubs. On 10 September 2011 Parker made his Spurs' debut, providing an assist for fellow debutant Emmanuel Adebayor. He made his home debut the following week in a 4-0 win over Liverpool. Parker finished his first 4 games for Spurs on the winning side. He captained the team in their 2-1 away win at Blackburn on 23 October and, as of the 3-0 home win on 3 December against Bolton, he is unbeaten in his first 11 games for the club, with 10 wins and a draw.
American journalist William Saletan had high praise for Parker's defensive skills after seeing the QPR match in person at White Hart Lane. "Parker doesn't score or get credited with assists. He leaves that to the guys up front," he wrote.
What Parker does instead is win games. He does this not by punctuating the match but by controlling it. He smothers oncoming attacks. He forces opponents off the ball. He orchestrates distribution out of the back, setting in motion a Spurs onslaught that will culminate 60 yards downfield ... You can't watch the game up close without noticing Parker.
|Date Of Birth:
13 October 1980
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Spurs Home Kit
2012 – 2013
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