Scott Parker has been quick to heap praise on Tottenham Hotspur teammate Kyle Walker after the youngster's rapid rise to international contention.

Walker was part of Fabio Capello's England squad for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro, but was unused during the 2-2 draw which ensured the Three Lions passage to the main draw of the competition in Ukraine.

Parker did play in the match, and admits he's been impressed with his colleagues performances so far this season, not just the game against Arsenal where the full back's long-range strike secured a 2-1 win.

"Since I have been at Tottenham, Kyle has really stood out," Parker told the official Spurs website.

"He is a fantastic player. He is young. He has bundles of energy and is very quick.

"He scored a very good goal last weekend but his performances before that were really good."

Last season's football writers' player of the year, Parker moved to White Hart Lane from relegated West Ham United on deadline day for a reported £5.5 million.


 

And the central midfielder admits the move was a necessity to help further his international career, which has only just started to come to fruition at the age of 30.

"At this moment in time, I'm not getting any younger - and I felt I needed to play in the Premier League to give myself the best chance possible to play for England, and hopefully go to the Euros," he told Sport magazine.

"I had some great years at West Ham, met a lot of people, and the fans were brilliant with me. It was very difficult, and I'm sure if West Ham were still in the Premier League then I wouldn't have been leaving.

"It is such a great club and one I really love, but unfortunately it wasn't meant to be."

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