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Hammers star tipped to shine for England

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Scott Parker's fantastic form for West Ham this season could be rewarded with a starting berth for England against Wales on Saturday, or so it has been claimed.

The inspirational midfielder is enjoying arguably the finest season of his career and has been tipped by the Daily Star to partner Arsenal youngster Jack Wilshere in a new look England midfield.

Few would argue that Parker deserves his moment in the spotlight - with some claiming international recognition is long overdue - while Fabio Capello is said to have grown increasingly impressed by the 30-year-old.

The England boss originally harboured doubts over the passing ability of Parker - or so says the Telegraph - but his fears have since been allayed, and the Italian also sees the Hammers talisman as a positive dressing room influence.

Parker's ability to galvanise West Ham both on and off the field has been well-documented this season and his motivational skills only serve as another positive attribute in race to face Wales.

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle is one of many admirers of the former Charlton man and believes he should get the nod at the Millennium Stadium.


 

“He [Parker] gets on the ball quickly, he sees the picture quickly. And if you told him to keep it simple and feed people, he would be sensational in there," said Hoddle.

"Also, if you do need to change the shape or system because you need to change the game, he will give you a thrust from midfield as well. So he would be a surprise element at times."

Meanwhile, Parker's ex-manager at Upton Park, Alan Curbishley, believes his former charge is just what England need right now.

He told talkSPORT: "He's got that defensive mentality if you want it, but he can also pass and score goals. He's the complete midfield player."

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