The 2013/14 season is a big one for Scott Parker.
As well as looking to establish himself in the black and white of Fulham following his August switch from Tottenham Hotspur, the midfielder is determined to win back his place in the England squad as Roy Hodgson’s side attempt to secure a spot at next year’s World Cup.
Parker told Saturday’s matchday programme: “First and foremost, the key thing when you’re trying to get into an England squad is that your form needs to be good, and the team you’re with needs to be doing quite well really. I feel like everything’s in place to achieve that because we [Fulham] are a good team that could achieve something this year and I feel like I’m in a good place personally to do that as well.
“It’s going to be difficult; as a nation we want to bring through the younger lads and I can totally appreciate that but, at the same time, I feel that if I can play some good football and get in good form then I’ll have a decent chance of earning a place back in the squad.”
To read the full interview with Parker, in which he also recalls an incident while at Newcastle United that saw Fulham’s Jimmy Bullard sidelined for 16 months, pick up an official matchday programme on Saturday.
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