SCOTT PARKER FACTFILE
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.