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Born: Lam­beth, Lon­don, 1980 (Age 35) Play­ing ca­reer: A mid­fielder, Parker was a graduate of the FA school of ex­cel­lence at Lille­shall who made his Charl­ton de­but in 1997 at the age of 16. He went on to make 145 ap­pear­ances for the Ad­dicks, win­ning two pro­mo­tions to the Premier League and the club’s player of the year award in 2003. Signed by Chelsea for £10m in Jan­uary 2004, Parker strug­gled for game time though did make enough ap­pear­ances to col­lect League Cup and Premier League win­ners’ medals in 2004-05. He then made a £6.5m switch to New­cas­tle, scor­ing six goals in 73 games for the Mag­pies be­fore join­ing West Ham for £7m in 2007. A huge fan favourite at West Ham, Parker scored 12 goals in 129 games, won three con­sec­u­tive player of the year awards and was named the Foot­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion’s Foot­baller of the Year in 201011, pic­tured left. Rel­e­gated to the Cham­pi­onship that same year, Parker joined Spurs for a fee of £5.5m and was named player of the year in his first sea­son as Harry Red­knapp’s men fin­ished fourth to qual­ify for the Cham­pi­ons League. Parker would play 63 times for Spurs be­fore join­ing Ful­ham in 2013, for whom he has since played 77 games. Parker also won 18 caps for Eng­land and started all four games at Euro 2012.

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