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Scott Parker could still miss Euro 2012 this summer, despite the Tottenham midfielder being included in Roy Hodgson's England squad to travel to Poland and Ukraine.

The 31-year-old has an Achilles tendon injury which ruled him out of Premier League action since the start of April, and there have been some doubts over whether or not he would regain fitness in time for the finals.

Parker captained the Three Lions in their friendly against Holland at Wembley in February under the interim management of Stuart Pearce, but the Spurs star lost the armband to Steven Gerrard, who has been confirmed as captain for the tournament which kicks off in early June.

Speaking in Wednesday's press conference following the announcement of his 23-man squad to take to the European Championships, Hodgson explained the current situation.

"Scott's had an injection which will probably take a week for us to see if it's been successful or not. He could still miss out, although from what I'm hearing, it won't be a problem. He's very confident.

"We've got until the 29 May to finalise the squad and I may still have a call to make on that one if it's looking dubious, if there is a doubt."

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson is next in-line to take Parker's place in the squad if he is deemed unfit, the England U21 skipper is on a reserve list that also includes Phil Jagielka, Adam Johnson, Daniel Sturridge and young Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland.

"I'll have that call to make," added Hodgson. "Do I take the risk and go with a doubt and hope for the best or do I say, 'I'm sorry, I've selected you in my 23 players, but now I have to remove you'?"

"But I'm very confident that won't happen. I'm very optimistic. The doctor spoke to Scott Parker and Spurs on Wednesday, so I'm confident - but I can't give a guarantee."

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