Scott Parker is determined not to let the spectre of Mario Balotelli spoil what he feels is likely to be his only shot a major prize with England.
Parker reasons that as he will be 33 when the World Cup is held in Brazil, he might have been shunted into the international sidings. It is not something the combative Tottenham midfielder is simply prepared to accept, merely the reality as Parker sees it. However, a shadow hangs over Sunday's Euro 2012 quarter-final with Italy.
It is the reminder of Balotelli's outrageous stamp on Parker at the Etihad Stadium in January, not spotted by referee Howard Webb at the time, but ultimately deemed worthy of a four-match ban. The pair meet again in Kiev, but Parker is focused solely on the task at hand. He said: "The Balotelli incident is long gone."
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