In-form midfielder Scott Parker scored a wonder-goal to seal a third successive
In-form midfielder Scott Parker scored a wonder-goal to seal a third successive Premiership win for Charlton on Sunday and the 22-year-old welcomed the publicity which has followed- hoping it will enhance his England prospects...
Left back Chris Powell is Charlton's only recent England international and Parker admitted, "I've played for England at every level and dream of making the senior side, but I think being at the club I'm at, the publicity isn't as high.
"If I was at a bigger club I might get more publicity and be up there with England's other young players. But the goal on Sunday helped, I need all the good publicity I can get. It keeps you in the reckoning, and you never knows who's watching", he told Capital Gold radio.
Parker's joyous celebrations were also a sign of his recent frustration in front of goal.
"It was amazing. I felt a lot of emotions but mainly relief. It's been a long time coming and that's why I went a bit mad with the celebrations," he said.
"For the goal, I picked it up on the halfway line and just started to go at 'em. I was going to run it into the corner but it just opened up for me and I just toe-poked it in.
"A goal has been eluding me. That's the part of my game that's been lacking. I can pass, tackle and track back but my scoring needs to improve. I've been working hard doing extra finishing sessions."
Parker could soon start attracting the interests of the Premiership's big boys but he insists that Charlton is where he wants to be.
He said "I've been at the club since a young age. I'm ambitious but I'm happy here and happy to be learning and working with Alan Curbishley. This club has a done a lot for me and the fans here love me, which always helps."